Windows Defender

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Richard Brown, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. Since I posted question on how to reinstall Windows Defender and reading all
    the problems that are associated with it, I am now glad it is disabled. I
    have Norton Internet Security on Windows Vista Home Premium and as soon as
    Windows Defender was disabled , I recieved two pop ups for Norton taking over
    the responsibilities of Windows Defender. Since then I have not had any of
    the problems associated with Windows Defender running out of control on my
    Richard Brown, Mar 21, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    I wouldn't let Norton (Symantec) near any system.
    Rock, Mar 25, 2007
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    Ned Guest

    Can you elaborate more why? Norton Internet Security has problem?
    Ned, Jul 14, 2007

  4. If the initial install of Norton does not break Windows or your mail program
    a later update will. A recent update to Norton rendered Chinese versions

    It just digs too deeply into the operation system, slowing it down and
    eventually breaking it.

    Note: Don't replace it with McAfee.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Jul 16, 2007
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    Chasfax Guest

    And you would suggest ..... ???
    Chasfax, Jul 18, 2007
  6. My recommendation these days is Spy Sweeper with AV. The best
    spyware/malware scanner, bar none. With AV, it's even better. Doesn't
    seem to slow down the system either.... Symantec/Norton products have
    become bloatware and the reliability of their updates have degraded
    recently. I used to recommend Trend Micro. It has a firewall built in,
    but it, also started to slow the system down....
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Jul 22, 2007
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    Jim T Guest

    I had Norton AV on one machine and Norton Security suite on another. Both
    computers got slower and slower as time went by. I had heard about Norton
    slowdown and changed. I went to AVG free edition (AV only) on one, and Zone
    Alarm Security Suite on my primary computer. The difference in speed on both
    is like comparing a Model T with a jet plane!!
    No real experience yet with functionality with AVG (installed yesterday).
    Zone Alarm is good for firewall (perhaps a little over aggressive )and AV.
    The spyware feature detects well but I have not been able to get it to remove
    anything it detects. Zone Alarm does not know how to fix it, just says the
    stock answer.."uninstall and reinstall", but I will continue to use it
    because of the firewall.
    Far and above the best anti spyware I have used is Ad-Aware.
    Jim T
    Jim T, Jul 26, 2007
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    Maureen Guest

    windows Defender just appeared today when Windows mail was set up. I am a
    novice and I had no idea what it is. I do have Spyware and Trend Micro.
    Does something have to be uninstalled. Thank you!
    Maureen, Oct 3, 2007
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    Jim T Guest

    I don't believe Defender will interfere with other Spyware or AV programs and
    nothing needs to be uninstalled. BUT, I have yet to find that Defender has
    ever detected or blocked any spyware. Ad-Aware and others find and remove a
    lot but not Defender.
    Jim T, Oct 3, 2007
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    Charlie42 Guest

    I've installed Defender on a number of home computers (XP's that is), and it
    always comes up with something on the first scan, usually it's best at
    detecting trojans. But no single spyware will do a good enough job for you.
    Running another anti-spyware in tandem with Defender is necessary.

    No. Windows Defender is an anti-spyware that comes with Vista, and you
    should not disable it. You're not telling us what message Defender popped
    up, so I can't tell you what you should do about it. Can you post some kind
    of description?

    Charlie42, Oct 3, 2007
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    Dave T. Guest

    I think it depends on what Bill Gates calls "Spy ware". I may be wrong,
    but I'll bet Uncle Bill invented cookies so it's not likely he would
    engage in expelling them from the average computer. I think Defender
    would do a better job at detecting Trojans, but tracking cookies are to
    be left alone.
    Dave T., Oct 4, 2007
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    D Jarvis Guest

    I am having problems as well and would love to know how to delete this
    wondows defender. I have anoather antivirus and spyware and would like to
    use those. Please help
    Thank you
    D Jarvis, Jan 15, 2008
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    Robinb Guest

    you cannot uninstall WD in vista
    What you can do is turn off the Resident Shield by unchecking it in Options.
    this way it is not running in the backround in real time.

    Robinb, Jan 15, 2008
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    Whitney Guest

    I keep having a compatabilty issue with Windows defender. I keep getting a
    blue screen. I have Vista 64 bit I have also installed Kaspersky 2009 as my
    antivirus. I have looked for problems to solve the issue and ran it in auto
    to look for a fix. I keep getting a reply that says there is fix at the
    present time. What can I do to keep from getting a blue screen and shut down
    of my brand new laptop. I have only installed certified software,
    Nero,Microsoft office and a few games?? Could not find the button to disable
    as you said to do.

    Thanks Whitney
    Whitney, Feb 23, 2009
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    SIW2 Guest

    SIW2, Feb 24, 2009
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