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What Program does Windows 10 Use For Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware?


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#1 Warthog-Fan

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 02:28 PM

Hi,

 

A couple of years ago I helped my next door neighbor set up her new Windows 8.1 machine, At the time, we downloaded and installed Microsoft Security Essentials for virus / malware protection.

 

She has since upgraded to Windows 10 and asked me to help her with a monitor-related problem today. After solving that one, I decided to look to see what anti-virus and anti-malware programs were on the machine. I looked into the Programs and Features of the Control Panel, thinking that I might find a program like Windows Defender, but I didn't find any programs that looked like they would be security related. I was under the impression that Microsoft Security Essentials had been replaced by Windows Defender for Windows 10.

 

Is an anti-virus and anti-malware program part of the Windows 10 Upgrade package, or will I have to find and download Malwarebytes and an anti-virus program and install them on her computer?

 

Thanks for the info.



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 02:35 PM

Windows Defender has been the Microsoft Antivirus program since the advent of Windows 8.  Unless you have another third-party product installed on either a Win8 or Win10 platform which disables Windows Defender it will be active and running by default.

 

It is always a good idea to have Malwarebytes as a backup since viruses and malware are not the same thing, and many pieces of malware are not recognized by antivirus software, though many are, too.  I also like Spywareblaster from brightfort.  Lots of folks here like SuperAntiSpyware, too.  Having a couple of different tools at hand and at the ready makes sense.


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Posted 14 June 2016 - 02:54 PM

Okay.

 

But why does Windows Defender not show up in the list of Installed Programs? There does not seem to be any other security programs installed on the machine. I was going to suggest that she use Avast Anti-virus since it has some nice additional features beyond just virus protection. (For example, it found and notified me that my older Netgear router had a security flaw that could be exploited by hackers.)


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Posted 14 June 2016 - 05:04 PM

In Windows 10 Windows Defender shows up in All Apps...Windows System...Windows Defender

Or, you can simply type "Defender" (without the quotes) into the search box and it'll pop up for you.

 

Everyone has their favorite (mine is Windows Defender). 

I know a couple of techs who insist on not using one as it slows their systems down.

They don't do anything sensitive (like banking) on their computer and they backup their stuff constantly - so when they get infected they just wipe the system and start over.


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Posted 14 June 2016 - 05:59 PM

Okay.

 

But why does Windows Defender not show up in the list of Installed Programs? 

 

Because Windows system utilities, and this is one, very seldom show up in the Installed Programs list unless it happens to be a feature not included by default that one installs later.  Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Task Manager, and the list goes on and on don't show up in the Installed Programs list because they literally are not installed, but are a part of the Windows Operating System as a whole.


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Posted 14 June 2016 - 07:10 PM

Guys,

 

Thanks for the extra info.

 

I assume that if I want to install Malwarebytes and Avast on my neighbor's computer that I should first disable Windows Defender. Is this true?



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 07:52 PM

You need not disable Windows Defender because every third party antivirus program or security suite that I know of on the market takes care of that as part of its installation process.  It will also turn it back on if uninstalled.


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 04:48 AM

Thanks, Brian...!!!






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