11-29-2011 02:31 PM
does windows defender offer any benefits to those using standalone AV software such as NOD32? or, can defender be disabled without losing any protection?
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11-29-2011 06:13 PM
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.
*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.
11-29-2011 06:48 PM
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.
11-29-2011 06:54 PM
I would hedge my reply on how knowledgeable the person is asking the question. 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.
11-29-2011 07:01 PM
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.
thanks for the insight. it's definitely appreciated.
11-29-2011 07:06 PM
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.
11-30-2011 02:16 PM
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.