What's the advantage of Windows Defender?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Brian, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. I didn't bother last time - but i will next time. Thanks for the advice.
    Spikeys-World, Jul 14, 2007
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  2. Most manufacturers of malware detection programs rely on information
    from users on undetected malware.
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Jul 14, 2007
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    btexprs Guest

    Is it absolutely necessary to have other virus protection software when you
    have protection already built into Windows and from the ISP? Is it really
    necessary to buy those other virus protection packages??
    btexprs, Jul 19, 2007
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    arindam_km Guest

    hi brianda kamon acho

    arindam_km, Jul 19, 2007
  5. On Wed, 18 Jul 2007 20:36:00 -0700, btexprs

    Do you leave your car unlocked because there's a car guard? Do you
    leave your house unlocked because you have the police to protect you?
    No, because good free av is available. Use that instead.

    The day your ISP and/or Windows vendor are committed to full
    restitution for an unbounded set of consequent damages you may suffer
    as the result of malware, is the day you can "leave it to Beaver".

    When Occam's Razor meets the Halting Problem,
    the Halting Problem wins
    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user), Jul 21, 2007
  6. That depends. I've been doing fine without all kinds of anti-whatever
    products for years. That doesn't mean you could. On the other hand, if
    you need them to constantly protect you, you should maybe reconsider
    what you're doing.
    Straight Talk, Jul 21, 2007
  7. Physical vs. virtual world analogy alert.
    Straight Talk, Jul 21, 2007
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    mikolik Guest

    mikolik, Jul 22, 2007
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    usasma Guest

    One of the most frequent comments we get (at work) when we tell a user that
    they're infected is "But I've got the antivirus and antispyware installed!"

    All the protection in the world won't help you if you bypass it's
    safeguards. I use Windows Defender and it's never found a thing on my
    systems - but then again, I rarely get a virus on my system, and haven't been
    infected since 1991 (knock on wood!).

    The most common threats that we see are:
    1) email - even your momma can send you a virus. Scan it all!
    2) Ads - clicking on them can give permission for the bad stuff to install
    itself. Close the process in Task Manager to avoid clicking on the wrong
    3) Downloads (music, videos, porn, etc). If you must download, never
    select "Run" or "Open" - always select "Save" and then scan it with your
    antivirus and antispyware tools BEFORE opening it. If it's infected, delete
    it and then empty the Recycle Bin!

    Defender scans for spyware - but since the line between viruses and spyware
    is blurred, there will be some overlap between antivirus and antispyware

    - John
    usasma, Jul 24, 2007
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    Diane Guest

    Diane, Jul 29, 2007
  11. I can't see any reason. I run SpySweeper w/AV. I finally turned WD off
    and the system seems to run a *LOT* faster....


    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Jul 30, 2007
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    Kevin Guest

    Windows Defender does help to protect your computer from spyware as well as
    help to manage the startup program. Too many programs run during the startup
    could slow down the overall systems performance. However, if you have a
    third-party anti-spyware program installed, it is recommend to turn off the
    windows defender and use the other one.
    Kevin, Aug 13, 2007
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    Dawn Guest

    Hello, im new to this message thing, while trying to turn on my windows
    defender i received a message that read: the pipe state is invalid" Does
    anyone know what this means, in laments terms please...
    Dawn, Aug 16, 2007
  14. Try:


    Also, have you looked in the event logs? If you are having trouble
    booting, try booting into Safe Mode..


    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Aug 19, 2007
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