Solved Anti-virus software compatibility question

February 1, 2013 at 17:34:24
Specs: XP SP3 32-bit, P4 @ 1.8GHz/1Gig RAM
My son's laptop, running Vista Home, tends to run without much protection, and today I was troubleshooting it and decided to do a Malwarebytes Anti-Malware quick scan, then check in the "Security Center" in the Control Panel to see what else was doing any active protection.

It seems that "Windows Defender" is present, and was enabled. The Firewall option was not enabled, and a message said that there was no anti-virus program being used. (Isn't Windows Defender an "antivirus program"?)

So, I decided to install MSE as an anti-virus program.

The installation said to remove any other antivirus programs that are active on the computer. I did not do anything, since I looked at the list of programs, and it seems that the only program vaguely like that would have been either Windows Defender or MBAM. I've been told that MBAM does not interfere with antivirus programs, so I left it. I did nothing to the Windows Defender application.

So, I downloaded and installed MSE, and it is now running its "1st scan".

During the process, I noticed that Windows Defender was still there, so I clicked on the icon in the systray, and closed it, choosing "exit".

I wonder, should I uninstall Windows Defender, now that I have MSE installed? Will they interfere with each other?

Also, it told me that the firewall was not active, so I made it active.

My son likes to avoid any programs that slow down the computer, so he avoids anti-virus programs.

His system, again, is Vista Home.

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February 1, 2013 at 17:51:03
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Windows Defender is not a Antivirus program and can be left on your pc or removed. It is a On Demand Scanner only.
MSE is a fully working Antivirus program, which has real time protection etc.
MBAM is an excellent tool and will run a long most Antivirus programs and will cause no conflicts. (Works well with MSE)
You should also go to the firewall settings window and start your firewall.

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February 1, 2013 at 17:59:31
Thanks very much. I appreciate the advice. : )

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February 1, 2013 at 18:22:35
Your most welcome :)

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February 2, 2013 at 09:22:04
As far as I know MSE disables Windows Defender anyway.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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