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Is Windows Defender still useful?


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#1 cafejose

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 09:41 PM

Windows Defender, while still on the seven-year-old laptops here (Windows Vista, Toshiba computers), is still on the systems, but Norton 360 seems to have deactivated them, and so the last few years, Windows Defender has not been used; not even sure if the program has taken any updates in the last few years.

 

 

Would be possible to turn-off Norton 360 for  an hour or so, run Windows update, turn ON Windows Defender, and run a scan?  Would this be useful to do?


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Posted 21 September 2015 - 12:32 AM

Why would you want to do that? out of curiosity?

 

Norton 360 is v good.

 

Windows defender has been around but not as effective as a standalone antivirus/internet security sw

 

If you do not have an antivirus or a free trial version expires then it is a good practice to keep using windows defender but if you surf a lot and think that some virus or malware might curb into your system then you should always have a good security sw. 

 

P.S. windows defender is better than mcafee security  :clapping:


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Posted 21 September 2015 - 12:44 AM

Not as standalone; just as on-demand, run when I choose each time.



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Posted 21 September 2015 - 02:14 AM

Windows Defender in Windows Vista is only an antispyware program, and cannot replace an antivirus.

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Posted 21 September 2015 - 05:20 AM

Why would you want to do that? out of curiosity?

 

Norton 360 is v good.

 

Windows defender has been around but not as effective as a standalone antivirus/internet security sw

 

If you do not have an antivirus or a free trial version expires then it is a good practice to keep using windows defender but if you surf a lot and think that some virus or malware might curb into your system then you should always have a good security sw. 

 

P.S. windows defender is better than mcafee security  :clapping:

 

Windows Defender in Windows Vista is only an antispyware program, and cannot replace an antivirus.

The main protection and security software in use here is Norton 360.  No intention of replacing Norton 360, but intention is to make some use of Windows Defender when chosen on-demand.  The question is, how?  Does one just turn-off Norton 360 Auto-Protect in order to take the Windows Defender updates and to run Windows Defender, or something more to do?  Is Windows Defender useless and not worth the effort?



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Posted 21 September 2015 - 09:11 AM

Yes, Windows Defender in Windows 7/Vista is an anti-spyware tool intended to supplement your anti-virus program but IMO it is not very effective. I would recommend disabling it and replace with a more effective program like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.


Windows 8 and Windows 10 integrates a more robust version of Windows Defender (and uses that name) for its anti-virus and anti-malware protection. Although it uses the same name, it is not the same as Defender in previous operating systems. Windows Defender 8/10 provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on older operation systems and uses the same daily virus definition updates.

 


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 03:21 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials is good. If Windows defender provides same level of security as MSE then it can probably replace the antivirus programs on our system.

 

For malware programs is Malwarebytes better than ADWcleaner ??


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 05:06 AM

Malwarebytes targets a wider range of malware than AdwCleaner, not to mention the paid version grants real time protection. Prevention is always better than cure, especially with malware.

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 05:53 AM

...If Windows defender provides same level of security as MSE then it can probably replace the antivirus programs on our system.

Yes that is an option for Windows 8/10 users.
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Posted 28 September 2015 - 06:08 AM

Malwarebytes targets a wider range of malware than AdwCleaner, not to mention the paid version grants real time protection. Prevention is always better than cure, especially with malware.

Thanks. I am going to try Malwarebytes now!


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 06:12 AM

A 14-day trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium is available as an option when first installing the free version (regardless of where you download) so all users can test the real-time protection component/features for a period of two weeks. When the limited time period expires those features will be deactivated and locked AND Malwarebytes will notify you with a "Trial Expired" message. Enabling the Protection Module feature again requires registration and purchase of a license key. If you continue to use the free version, there is no requirement to buy a license...you can just use it as a stand-alone scanner.
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