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    Default Is Windows Defender effective?

    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.
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    Default Re: Is Windows Defender effective?

    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 .
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    Default Re: Is Windows Defender effective?

    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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    Default Re: Is Windows Defender effective?

    it never catches anything since i used back it last year.
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    Default Re: Is Windows Defender effective?

    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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    Default Re: Is Windows Defender effective?

    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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    Default Re: Is Windows Defender effective?

    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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    Default Re: Is Windows Defender effective?

    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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    Default Re: Is Windows Defender effective?

    I voted no.

    Windows Defender is Windows Pretender.

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    Default Re: Is Windows Defender effective?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedSensiStar View Post
    I voted no.

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