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Windows 7: Windows Defender just saved me

29 Aug 2010   #1
rkf76

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Windows Defender just saved me

I was getting ready to install a program when a warning message pops up and tells me a trojan downloader has been identified. It asks me if I want to remove it, I click yes, it does it's thing. Whew, dodged one there.

I had Vista for about 3 years, not one time did I ever get a warning from Defender......I've had 7 for exactly one week and already it's actually defending my machine from something. It's nice when things work like they're supposed to.


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29 Aug 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rkf76 View Post
I was getting ready to install a program when a warning message pops up and tells me a trojan downloader has been identified. It asks me if I want to remove it, I click yes, it does it's thing. Whew, dodged one there.

I had Vista for about 3 years, not one time did I ever get a warning from Defender......I've had 7 for exactly one week and already it's actually defending my machine from something. It's nice when things work like they're supposed to.

RKF


If you like defender you will love Microsoft Security Essential. It uses the same engine as defender is free and does a boat load more things than defender.



Ken J
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30 Aug 2010   #3
rkf76

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rkf76 View Post
I was getting ready to install a program when a warning message pops up and tells me a trojan downloader has been identified. It asks me if I want to remove it, I click yes, it does it's thing. Whew, dodged one there.

I had Vista for about 3 years, not one time did I ever get a warning from Defender......I've had 7 for exactly one week and already it's actually defending my machine from something. It's nice when things work like they're supposed to.
RKF

If you like defender you will love Microsoft Security Essential. It uses the same engine as defender is free and does a boat load more things than defender.

Ken J
I don't know much about it to know if I like it or not but I know it just saved me a while ago so I definitely like that! Thanks for the heads up on Security Essential....I just d/l all the current versions of Windows Live programs the other day but that one isn't one of them. Is it a beta program? Think I'd be good to d/l and use it?
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30 Aug 2010   #4
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

No, Security Essentials is Microsofts Anti-Virus. Not to be confused with Live Essentials. They are different.

It also works well with Windows Firewall & Defender. Highly recommended by many around this forum as well.




http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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30 Aug 2010   #5
riala

windows 7
 
 

Windows Security Essentials is class!

A lot better than any free Anti-virus on the market, and the best thing is it's FREE and you cant go wrong with Microsoft updates. It's found all my Trojans that I keep for tests that a lot of other Anti-virus software could not find. I use Windows Security Essentials along with Norman Malware Cleaner stand alone .exe, it does not install on your system and is very good at its job.
The only downside to WSE is that it uses a lot of memory, about 80MB but I did not really see and degrade in system performance like other Anti-virus software.

I recommend WSE all the way.
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30 Aug 2010   #6
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

It's actully called Microsoft Security Essentials, not windows
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30 Aug 2010   #7
Nem

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1, Archlinux x86_64. Elementary Luna
 
 

Windows Security Essentials..sounds like a rogue AV, lol.
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30 Aug 2010   #8
riala

windows 7
 
 

Sorry, I was a bit of a rush in writing and not thinking!
Microsoft Security Essentials.

Happy Now!
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30 Aug 2010   #9
mitchell64

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nem View Post
Windows Security Essentials..sounds like a rogue AV, lol.
There is one rouge named "Security Essentials"

I think that this is why it is important as members to post the appropriate safe download link as Wishmaster has done.
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31 Aug 2010   #10
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Windows Defender is now practically the same thing as MSE, although Microsoft might not want you to know that.

Two things are different - it doesn't report itself as an antivirus solution (the formal reason might be its bundling with Windows I guess, if it formalized itself as such, the AV vendors wouls start frantically phoning their law firms).
The other thing is it updates, by default, a bit more rarely.
Another possible difference might be that MSE can analyze code, while WinDef can't do that, but that's conjecture.

Now for the smoking gun for my thesis:
Windows Defender just saved me-windef.jpg

So - same malware engine. Reads containers, even rars. Zaps on sight. Zaps trojans.


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