Microsoft Security Essentials vs Windows Defender

  athlete 16 Feb 13
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Hi - I have just installed MSE on an old laptop which already has Windows Defender. Should I uninstall Windows Defender? Thanks.

  onthelimit1 16 Feb 13

The 'old' Defender is anti malware only, so can run alongside MSE. On Windows 8, Defender is itself a combination of the two (ie, there is no downloadable MSE for W8).

  athlete 16 Feb 13

Many thanks, onthelimit1.

  Woolwell 16 Feb 13
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Not sure that onthelimit1 is completely correct. See MS Answers

  athlete 21 Feb 13

Sorry, Jock1e and Woolwell - just saw your posts. I will remove Defender and stick with MSE. Many thanks for your input.

  onthelimit1 21 Feb 13

Woolwell. Quite correct - I've never disabled defender when installing MSE and assumed they were compatible. The fact that it was automatically disabled/uninstalled completely escaped me!

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