Do you disable Windows Defender?

Discussion in 'polls' started by berryracer, May 3, 2012.


Do you Enable or Disable Windows Defender?

  1. Enable, I keep it

  2. Disable, it's useless

  1. berryracer

    berryracer Suspended Member

    The first thing I go when I install Windows is uninstall the useless Windows Defender which never ever found a thing!

    Do you guys keep it on or disable it?
  2. Noob

    Noob Registered Member

    Disable it, as you said, i feel it's useless. :D
    It does not even have real time protection just On Demand. @_@
  3. kupo

    kupo Registered Member

    Are you sure? I don't know how Windows Defender worked because it's auto-disabled when I installed MSE, :D But I doubt that it's only on demand. If that's the case, it's stupid.
  4. ProTruckDriver

    ProTruckDriver Registered Member

    Always disabled. :)
  5. Janus

    Janus Registered Member

    Windows defender is using real time protection . Personally I have turned windows defender off. Malwarebytes is a much better alternative IMHO.
  6. Wroll

    Wroll Registered Member

    Turn off on my computer, but I let it run when I set up other computers which are not mine.
  7. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

    of course I disable it.....simply useless and rubbish :thumbd:
  8. blacknight

    blacknight Registered Member

    Disable, it's useless.
  9. Noob

    Noob Registered Member

    Oh really, it has Real time?
    Didn't know that :D
    Sorry for the minsinformation then :D :D
  10. Ranget

    Ranget Registered Member

    Free Vs paid your statement is unfair
  11. TyRizian

    TyRizian Registered Member

    I always disable it.
  12. Dark Shadow

    Dark Shadow Registered Member

    I always disable it.It is real time Antimalware.I remember once tessting some malware and WD was running quietly in the back ground.o_O Then all of a sudden it actually caught something.IMO it's like a security guard sleepimg on his or her post.
  13. Ranget

    Ranget Registered Member

    i think it was good in first few weeks now it's useless it's byond sleeping
    it's in limbo or something like it
  14. Dark Shadow

    Dark Shadow Registered Member

    At one time,was windows defender called Giant or somethng like that that led to window defender by microsoft.If I recall it was better then.I maybe mixed up with something else.Ha Ha I found it,it was Giant aquired by MS.
    Last edited: May 3, 2012
  15. Ranget

    Ranget Registered Member

    it seems that it had Good Detection Rate Before Microsoft Got it :/

    was that Giant Like Nowday Sas,MBAM o_O
  16. Dark Shadow

    Dark Shadow Registered Member

    I am not sure if was as good as MBAM is now but I think when MS got there hands on it,I think they changed program code.
  17. gaslad

    gaslad Registered Member

    If I disabled all my defensive real-time/on-demand programs that have never found anything in the past five years, I would have no defenses left! (This includes Emsisoft Free, SAS Free, and about 8 AVs I have used over the years).

    I suppose it is possible that WD has been missing and letting in malware like crazy over the past 5 years. If so it is news to me, as this old XP/sp3 system still runs like a top, never having exhibited evidence of infection.

    That said, I recently replaced my NOD32/WD combo with MSE/MBAM Pro for resident protection. Still no detections/infections after several months. The only difference I notice is that the latter combo involved a modest one time expense for MBAM Pro, (with free lifetime upgrades) and the former combo a yearly renewal fee for NOD32.

    MSE of course includes WD's real-time anti-spyware client, hence my answer that I still use it.

    Unless folks are finding that WD isn't protecting their system, and allowing spyware in undetected, I am puzzled at many of the negative comments here.
  18. berryracer

    berryracer Suspended Member

    Because as many have stated...Windows Defender is a crappy program
  19. guest

    guest Guest

    I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials again. It disables Windows Defender automatically.
  20. berryracer

    berryracer Suspended Member

    LOL!! Even Microsoft themselves disable the crappy Windows Defender :D
  21. kupo

    kupo Registered Member

    It's because having Windows Defender turned on with Microsoft Security Essentials is redundant. The signatures used in Windows Defender is also used in MSE.
  22. berryracer

    berryracer Suspended Member

    Yeah and both the signatures suck
  23. kupo

    kupo Registered Member

    For Windows Defender, yes.
    For MSE, dream on hater :)
  24. AlexC

    AlexC Registered Member

    Yes, to avoid potential conflicts with the resident AV...
  25. mack_guy911

    mack_guy911 Registered Member


    same here