Should I turn off Windows Defender?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by roytse, Feb 10, 2008.

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  1. roytse

    roytse Notebook Evangelist

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    I have windows Vista, and windows defender is built-in in the OS
    I use NOD32 anti-virus 3.0, it has anti-virus and anti-spyware real time protection in it.
    So, is it save for me to turn windows defender off ?
     
  2. SmoothTofu

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    I personally don't use Windows Defender. Frankly I think its spyware detection is crap, and it takes up background memory.
     
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    Yes, especially because you have NOD32.
     
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    I agree on both points. Turn it off.
     
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    thank you for all advices, I'll turn it off
     
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    If you have any more questions be sure to let us know.
     
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    How do you disable it?
     
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    You can go one step further than mentioned in the above article.

    -Click Start and type in "services" and open it up.
    -scroll down to "Windows Defender"
    -double click on it and under startup type select "Disable"
    -click ok
     
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    Along with "msconfig", "startup", and disabling Defender from booting on startup.
     
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