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Windows 7: M/S Defender and your Antivirus.

18 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 
M/S Defender and your Antivirus.

Just need a little advice. Can or should I run Defender active at the same time as my active antivirus.

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18 Jul 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Which Anti Virus do you use? If Microsoft Security Essentials, then no.
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18 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Which Anti Virus do you use? If Microsoft Security Essentials, then no.
MSE turns off Defender when it installs and runs anyway, so that doesn't matter much.

Any other anti-virus can coexist with Defender with no problems.
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18 Jul 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Some anti virus also check for malware, if so Defender is not needed. One, for example, is Mcafee.
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18 Jul 2010   #5

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

see this thread for more defender discussion.

but your question has already been answered, Layback Bear.
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18 Jul 2010   #6

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

To be honest, I dont think Windows Defender is of any use. I have ran it on infected PCs and 4 out of 5 times, it has detected nothing.
On the other hand, MSE is a strong contender, more powerful than Windows Defender.

So, no matter what AV you're using, you can "safely" turn off Windows Defender.
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18 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Dinesh, That is because Windows Defender is an anti-spyware program. From http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro.../default.mspx:

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Windows Defender detects and removes spyware

Windows Defender is software that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software by detecting and removing known spyware from your computer. Windows Defender features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected, minimizes interruptions, and helps you stay productive.
Conversely, MSE is an antivirus program which also includes the anti-spyware capabilities of Windows Defender. From http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/:

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About Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
That is why Windows Defender is inactivated when MSE is installed.
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18 Jul 2010   #8

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Dinesh, That is because Windows Defender is an anti-spyware program. From We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found.

Quote:
Windows Defender detects and removes spyware

Windows Defender is software that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software by detecting and removing known spyware from your computer. Windows Defender features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected, minimizes interruptions, and helps you stay productive.
Conversely, MSE is an antivirus program which also includes the anti-spyware capabilities of Windows Defender. From We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found.

Quote:
About Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
That is why Windows Defender is inactivated when MSE is installed.
Hi Corrine, I know Windows Defender is only an anti-spyware but it detects merely nothing infront of other anti spywares like MBAM or SAS.
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18 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

I agree, Dinesh. That is because MBAM and SAS are anti-malware applications. Spyware on a computer does not have the damaging effects that trojans have.
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18 Jul 2010   #10
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Just need a little advice. Can or should I run Defender active at the same time as my active antivirus.
Please advise the Security programs you are currently running so that we can be better informed to answer your question.
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