what does Defender really do?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Luvrsmel, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. Luvrsmel

    Luvrsmel Guest

    I haven't once seen this program ever catch spyware, viruses or any other
    malicious content on my computer. I have other programs installed that do
    that. So what is Defenders purpose? Is it a secret call home program for
    Microsoft only? I remember when Giant owned it and it actually served a
    purpose catching all kinds of crap, but now it just seems to do nothing.
    Anyone else shed some light on this wonderful program? :-\
    Luvrsmel, Dec 6, 2007
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    Spirit Guest

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  3. I know that Defender ignores most of the "tracking cookies", which is not really a problem, but it
    has caught 3 attempted Trojan horse programs that attempted to get into my test computer when I was
    reviewing some questionable web links.
    Richard in AZ, Dec 11, 2007
  4. Luvrsmel

    forty-nine Guest

    Give us the links, please !
    : D
    forty-nine, Dec 11, 2007
  5. All links were for some games that computer club members asked me to look at for
    possible programs to include in our monthly disk of free software. None of the links were XXX.
    But it has be months since I encountered these. I often check recommended / requested free
    software on a test machine.
    Richard in AZ, Dec 12, 2007
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    joel406 Guest

    I just figured that sice I have NOD32, Spybot, A-Squared and the premium
    version of Super anti-spyware that they were beating Defender to the
    punch. I know Onecare is a joke so I figured..heh..defender must be as

    I ignore it.
    joel406, Dec 12, 2007
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    John Guest

    I think it was Defender --- it caught an email from eBay that was a
    modification of a real email, but with a link to a bogus site.

    This is probably one of those things that doesn't react often, but if it
    didn't it would spoil your whole day.

    John, Dec 12, 2007
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