About windows defender

July 21, 2008 at 14:12:35
Specs: vista home premium, 4 gig

If I am using AVG and zone alarm then do I disable windows defender so it won't conflict or what exactly is it for? If I need to disable it where do I go? Mary

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July 21, 2008 at 16:14:46

I'm doing this from memory, so i might be a little off, but I believe there is a "Windows Defender" icon in the control panel. IF not, there is a link to it in the "Security center". In either case, open that up. There is then a link for "options" if you scroll all the way down on the options page, there is a checkbox to disable Windows Defender.

-Ryan Adams

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July 21, 2008 at 16:15:40

... or read this 3 step article from Microsoft: http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Wi...


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July 21, 2008 at 16:40:02

Windows Defender is a malware scan. It definitely does not conflict with AVG (Virus checker) and I think it is most unlikely to conflict with Zone Alarm (Firewall).

Try leaving it on and see...

some other bloke...

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July 21, 2008 at 19:02:25

is a software product from Microsoft to prevent, remove and quarantine spyware in Microsoft Windows. It is included and enabled by default in Windows Vista, and is available as a free download for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Windows Defender not only features scanning the system similar to other free products on the market, but also includes a number of real-time security agents that monitor several common areas of Windows for changes which may be caused by spyware. It also includes the ability to easily remove ActiveX applications that are installed. Also integrated is support for Microsoft's SpyNet network that allows users to report to Microsoft what they consider to be spyware, and what applications and device drivers they allow to be installed on their system.

I personally hate Windows Defender as it always caused problems for me. IT seemed to just be more of a pain in the butt by blocking legitimate actions I took, as opposed to a security feature.

As Derek points out, it will not technically conflict with AVG or ZoneALarm. The only reason you need to disable is if, like me, you are annoyed by it.

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July 21, 2008 at 19:07:42

Thanks. I use adaware, spybot and spyware blaster but haven't put them on the new computer yet.
Will try it for a bit and see how it works. Mary

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