Is Windows Defender effective?

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Is Windows Defender effective?

Poll closed Jun 27, 2007.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. System64

    System64 Windows 7 x64

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    Is Windows Defender really effective at protecting/removing spyware?

    I scanned for spyware with it, then when i scanned again with Lavasoft's Ad Aware, i get about 14 other spyware. For me it is not effective.
     
  2. Sam

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    I have Windows Defender on my computer, along with Ad-Aware and Spybot. Windows Defender has never detected any spyware on my computer, while Ad-Aware and Spybot get some every scan.

    Is it a coincidence that every time I use Defender there is no spyware? I think not :p.
     
  3. Gautam

    Gautam election 2008 NBR Reviewer

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    According to the statistics on Windows Defender, it is not successful at the task it seeks to accomplish (Zdnet, 2007; Wikipedia Discussion ~2006).
     
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    it never catches anything since i used back it last year.
     
  5. shaheenarshan

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    i had it on my system sometime back maybe a month or so back if im not mistaken and dare i say it was worthless always shows that your system is clean even though it maybe not
    certainly not reliable in my opinion if you wuld like something much more effective i would recommend something like ad-ware personal along with ccleaner atleast thats what does the trick for me
     
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    I had it on my computers for over 6 months and it never found anything. So I agree with everyone else.
     
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    I had defender pick one up once. Solo it is useless but in cooperation with another suite (like KIS6 that I use) it works ok. I would not pay money for it though. There are better ones out there for sure.
     
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    I never really used it. I installed it, but always used other things, and then one day it suddenly became broken for no reason. It never caught anything and never updated like it was supposed to.

    Of course, I now use Ubuntu and don't use an anti-spyware program, so I'm a bit out of the loop.
     
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    I voted no.

    Windows Defender is Windows Pretender.
     
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    which one from the MS stable is NOT a pretender?? :D
     
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