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Windows 7: Is Windows Defender useful?

20 Jul 2010   #1
FWJ

windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Is Windows Defender useful?

Does anyone believe Windows Defender have something useful?
I've disabled it.
I don't think it can do anything...


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20 Jul 2010   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

I've seen it do something...once.
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20 Jul 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Most forum members use Microsoft Security Essentials, which also functions in place of Defender and it is turned off by default

It is suggested that you use Security Essentials and Malwarebytes for good protection. Defender will be turned off.
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20 Jul 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
I've seen it do something...once.
Hey, only one more time that me.
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20 Jul 2010   #5
FWJ

windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
I've seen it do something...once.
Hey, only one more time that me.
Great!
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20 Jul 2010   #6
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Defender is pointless if you run MSE as it will be turned off anyway, but if your antivirus of choice is something else, there's no harm in letting Defender run in the background.
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20 Jul 2010   #7
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Windows defender is purely anti-spyware. Some AVs do not also protect against spyware, so in that sense it can be useful. If you have MSE, AVG, Norton, or a plain anti-spyware program, you can feel free to turn it off if you want to.

Also, I got some weird spyware on XP once that was removed with Windows Defender. Never heard of it really helping any one since.
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21 Jul 2010   #8
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It used to be good when it was Beta. I remember it catching all sorts of things on computers that I installed it on. Now? I run Microsoft Security Essentials which disables Windows Defender. I wouldn't know.
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