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windows defender alongside AV software?

does windows defender offer any benefits to those using standalone AV software such as NOD32?   or, can defender be disabled without losing any protection?

 

thanks Smiley Wink

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Re: windows defender alongside AV software?

Hi, Erik. 

 

In its current iteration*; that is Windows Defender installed on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows Defender is an anti-spyware program.  When active, it provides real-time anti-spyware protection.  With a standalone A/V program, there is no reason not to keep Windows Defender updated and enabled.

 

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*The Windows 8 Build includes the antivirus features from Microsoft Security Essentials built in to Windows Defender.  This will not preclude users from replacing Windows Defender with their favorite A/V product.  Rather, it will provide "out-of-the-box protection".  It isn't known at this time whether OEMs will include Windows Defender or replace it with other vendor products.

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Re: windows defender alongside AV software?

corrine,

 

thanks for the reply.

 

to dive a bit deeper, does it make sense to use defender if the AV software already has anti-malware/anti-spyware built into it?   or, is this a "more is better" approach—within reason, of course.   i'm sure 50 V/S/M apps would be overkill. Smiley Tongue

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Re: windows defender alongside AV software?

I would hedge my reply on how knowledgeable the person is asking the question. Smiley Happy   An experienced, safe surfer with a layered security approach could certainly disable Windows Defender.  Personally, because I have other real-time software installed, I keep Windows Defender updated but it is not active. 

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Re: windows defender alongside AV software?

believe it or not, i haven't had a virus since circa 1998~99 after i started using commercial AV software.   i can't say the same for family members though. Smiley Very Happy

 

thanks for the insight.   it's definitely appreciated.

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I'm one up on you, Erik.  I've never had an infection on any of my computers (Knock on wood) using both free and licensed A/V software. Smiley Happy

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Re: windows defender alongside AV software?

Hello,

 

As Corrine pointed out, under current versions of Microsoft Windows, Windows Defender's role is fairly specific, and the types of hooks it places into a system are fairly minimal.  I cannot recall Windows Defender conflicting with another security program and, in the case of ESET NOD32 Antivirus, both programs work fine together without any problems.

 

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Aryeh Goretsky

 



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