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Windows 7: Does Windows Defender actually do anything

05 Jul 2010   #1
kodi

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 
Does Windows Defender actually do anything

Just wondering has anyone ever had windows defender actually do something?
All mine seems to do is ask for updates every couple of days and that is about it.no popups telling you what it has caught or blocked in fact I wonder if it is actually working.


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05 Jul 2010   #2
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
Just wondering has anyone ever had windows defender actually do something?
All mine seems to do is ask for updates every couple of days and that is about it.no popups telling you what it has caught or blocked in fact I wonder if it is actually working.
Its completely useless. Cant detect any spyware or virus. A complete waste.
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05 Jul 2010   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Brian,

Windows Defender acts as a pretty good anti-malware program that compliments a good antivirus program. I have never had it catch anything for me as well though.

However, you might consider using the newer Microsoft Security Essentials instead. It basically replaces Windows Defender, and has antivirus and anti-malware protection included. It's one of the best free ones that you can use for great protection.
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05 Jul 2010   #4
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Brian,

Windows Defender acts as a pretty good anti-malware program that compliments a good antivirus program. I have never had it catch anything for me as well though.

However, you might consider using the newer Microsoft Security Essentials instead. It basically replaces Windows Defender, and has antivirus and anti-malware protection included. It's one of the best free ones that you can use for great protection.
I agree with Shawn. I have replaced windows defender with MSE.
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05 Jul 2010   #5
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

The linked change log from the MMPC illustrates the depth of new and updated detections in version 1.85.1476.0, dated July 5, 2010: Definition change log.
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05 Jul 2010   #6
kodi

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for the quick replies .
I am running Avast free and have been using it since it first came out and would not change it as I am quite happy with it,also running Malwarebytes (paid Version) so i think I am covered
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05 Jul 2010   #7
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
Just wondering has anyone ever had windows defender actually do something?
All mine seems to do is ask for updates every couple of days and that is about it.no popups telling you what it has caught or blocked in fact I wonder if it is actually working.
It's a good built-in anti-spyware program. It is better than nothing at all and can be easily replaced with any anti-spyware program of your choice.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Brian,

Windows Defender acts as a pretty good anti-malware program that compliments a good antivirus program. I have never had it catch anything for me as well though.

However, you might consider using the newer Microsoft Security Essentials instead. It basically replaces Windows Defender, and has antivirus and anti-malware protection included. It's one of the best free ones that you can use for great protection.
I completely agree. I have noticed more licensed AV programs tend to be discounted now ever since MSE was released. I guess Microsoft really cut into their profit margin by releasing a quality product that works, has an intuitive interface and is all-in-one.
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05 Jul 2010   #8
kodi

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

It's gone just gave it the boot
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05 Jul 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Brian,

If it helps, I run Avast Free AV with MSE at the same time for double protection. They worked together to make sure that they do not conflict with each other, and I never had a issue with them running together yet.

Out of the two I would say that MSE is clearly the best choice if you just wanted to use one program instead. Avast has seemed to of slipped in the ranks and not quite as good as it use to be, and is now a ok free option.
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05 Jul 2010   #10
kodi

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I did not think it was advisable to run two AV's at the same time, but if you say that they work together I will try running Avast and MSE together.
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