Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials

  gel 07:42 12 Feb 14

Hello I have Microsoft Security Essentials on My Windows 7 computers Do I need Windows Defender as well ? Thank you Gel

  onthelimit1 08:48 12 Feb 14

MSE is anti virus, Defender is anti malware. Rather than Defender, I personally would go for the free Superantispyware, but there are lots of other free ones.

I used to use MSE for antivirus, but have now switched to the free version of AVG.

  Number six 23:00 12 Feb 14


MSE on Windows 7 includes its own anti-malware program. Installing MSE will automatically disable Defender - you don't need it.

  gel 07:33 13 Feb 14

Thank you very much for your comments gel

  onthelimit1 08:54 13 Feb 14

number 6

Not sure that's correct for W7. I think it only applies to W8

  iscanut 09:51 13 Feb 14

You would be better off installing a good free Anti Virus & Malware program such as Avast or AVG Free rather than the Microsoft products. Choose from here click here

  Woolwell 10:50 13 Feb 14

MSE has only basic malware protection. Defender, which replaces MSE, in W8 is a bit better. Microsoft have yet again confused customers by using the term Defender on earlier systems and now Defender in W8.

MSE now gets consistently poor reviews and I would not use it. I took it off one pc which had got the police virus scam and which MSE had failed to protect.

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