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Windows 7: Should I use Windows Defender with Panda Free AV & Malwarebytes?

19 Nov 2016   #11
XLR8TX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I've seen messages from MS that state running 2 antiviruses will slow a machine down not to mention make a system less safe not more safe via conflicting with each other
As has been stated, WD is NOT an AV in W7. Thanks for the info though.


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19 Nov 2016   #12
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I've seen messages from MS that state running 2 antiviruses will slow a machine down not to mention make a system less safe not more safe via conflicting with each other
Correct.

But WD under Win7 is NOT an anti-virus, it is an anti-malware/anti-spyware application, and a weak one at that.

WD under 8/8.1/10 is a full AV (essentially a rebranded and somewhat enhanced version of Microsoft Security Essentials).

For many/most home computer users, ONE AV (free or paid) + ONE anti-malware + ONE anti-exploit is a perfectly fine, layered approach.
Running 2 overlapping applications, such as two real AVs, as you point out, is a bad idea.

So, again, if the OP wants to run WD (for anti-malware) alongside Panda or another AV, then that should be fine.
However, again, there are better choices for real-time anti-malware/anti-exploit protection, such as MBAM Premium or EAM.

That is all I was trying to say.

Cheers,
MM
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19 Nov 2016   #13
Eric3742

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I've seen messages from MS that state running 2 antiviruses will slow a machine down not to mention make a system less safe not more safe via conflicting with each other
Yes defender in any os is poor to say the least and slow at every stage of scanning which I doubt defender even "if" it found anything would not be able to remove it

Only thing that is important is if in action center/ security it shows Panda or what ever is listed as On.

Do note that there is a difference between Active and Non-Active AV.

Note: Active mean always lookout for virus, while not active is by manual or once a day a quick scan.

Panda AV free is not active and has to be run manually, hence i never use this AV.
(The paid version is known as Panda AV Pro)
My Panda Internet Security is Active.

And the superantispyware is not active, as it only run manually for free version, and once a day for paid version.

Hence, it should not be saying that running 2 AV is not a good idea.
But if 1 AV is active, while the other AV is not active, this has no issue.




As for WD, this was created by MS for some reason.

Years ago, MS bought over Norton AV and package this Norton AV among their products.

But looks like MS have moved the Norton AV out, so the replacement is WD.

From my opinion, not many AV software company are happy with such idea, as it put their business out.
Hence, MS have quietly move the Norton out, in coming WD.
WD do have a history, as many do complain and not using it, as we know it is weak AV.

There is no long advert for WD on newer version or not.
Then again, WD is nothing but an shell...
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19 Nov 2016   #14
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eric3742 View Post
Panda AV free is not active and has to be run manually, hence i never use this AV.
(The paid version is known as Panda AV Pro)
My Panda Internet Security is Active.
Panda AV free is an active AV.
The lightest free antivirus - Panda Security
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20 Nov 2016   #15
XLR8TX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Panda AV free is an active AV.
The lightest free antivirus - Panda Security
Correct.
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20 Nov 2016   #16
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eric3742 View Post
Panda AV free is not active and has to be run manually, hence i never use this AV.
(The paid version is known as Panda AV Pro)
My Panda Internet Security is Active.
Panda AV free is an active AV.
The lightest free antivirus - Panda Security
Hi,
Indeed I did not know what the heck Eric was talking about
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