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Windows 7: What's the difference between Defender and Security Essentials?

01 Apr 2017   #1
cinque8

Windows Vista 32 bit
 
 
What's the difference between Defender and Security Essentials?

Hello,

My copy of Windows 7 comes with Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender.

I was just wondering what the difference is between these 2 programs?

Thank you


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01 Apr 2017   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Windows Defender is just anti-spyware, whereas Microsoft Security Essentials is a full anti virus program. This MS website might help explain it as well.

What is the difference between Microsoft Security Essentials and - Microsoft Community
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02 Apr 2017   #3
cinque8

Windows Vista 32 bit
 
 

Thank you for the information Ranger4
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02 Apr 2017   #4
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

You are welcome & thanks for getting back.
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02 Apr 2017   #5
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

For some unknown reason, Microsoft seems to take great delight in confusing people by using the same product names for different products. Ranger4's explanation was spot on for MSE vs. Windows Defender as it pertains to Windows 7. Windows 10 also has a Windows Defender which is a full anti virus built in to the operating system. In fact, Windows Defender as used in Windows 10 is pretty much a renaming of Microsoft Security Essentials.

This isn't the first time Microsoft has used confusing product names. They have an "Outlook" email program that is part of Microsoft Office, and a website called Outlook<dot>com which is a web-based email you can access via your browser (like gmail or yahoo mail.) And speaking of emails, let's not forget about Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Hotmail and MSN Hotmail.

I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer. IMHO, Microsoft isn't making things any easier by using the same (or very similar) names for entirely different products. "My mama always said, Microsoft is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." (Apologies to Forrest Gump.)
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