Is Windows defender important?

December 3, 2010 at 16:01:09
Specs: Windows XP

Just got my PC in order after having Malware issues.

I have the following running but want to know if it's important to have windows defender fully updated?

McAfee Security centre - Virus & Spyware protection
AVG PC Tune-up 2011
Webroot anti-virus with Spy sweeper
Malware-byte - Anti-Malware

The reason I ask if the defender is important because I can't seem to download the definition updates. Comes up with: Code 0x80240016 error.

I assume the protection I have above should keep menaces at bay?!

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December 4, 2010 at 00:35:23
you do know that you CANNOT have 2 anti-viruses running at the same time don't you?

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December 4, 2010 at 03:54:57
is avg pc tune up an anti virus?


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December 4, 2010 at 15:23:24
Windows Defender is superseded by Microsoft Security Essentials (MSSE).

AVG PC Tune-up 2011 is a magic fixall program rather than an Anti-Virus so this should not clash with an Anti-Virus.

MalwareBytes is well worth having but you can simply run it when you wish (rather than as a background program). Keep it updated.

As already said, only one Anti-Virus or they will fight with each other. Using your list that is one of these:
Windows Defender (well, almost an A/V)

A lot of folk do not seem to favor McAfee these days.
Windows Defender is outdated and limited.
Webroot - Sorry, I don't know a lot about it.
Avast seems popular.

I would be inclined to uninstall your troublesome Windows Defender and install either Avast or MSSE instead. If you do this McAfee and Webroot would have to go too.

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