Windows Defender v Avast in Windows 8 - Hmmm

  onthelimit1 07 Mar 13

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a thread where someone stated that if a third party AV was installed in W8 it automatically disabled Defender.

Imagine my surprise this morning when, on my PC with Avast, Defender popped up saying it had identified a problem (Hackfile or somesuch) and was cleaning it.

So, what is going on?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 07 Mar 13

Avast is an antivirus, defender is antimalware. the article you read is incorrect.

  Woolwell 07 Mar 13

I'm sorry but Fruit Bat is incorrect. It has changed with W8. Defender is like MSE in W8 (similar interface. See Microsoft article

  Woolwell 07 Mar 13

Correction Defender has replaced MSE in W8.

  onthelimit1 07 Mar 13

Correct - defender in W8 is a combined version of the old one and MSE. It is therefore AV and antimalware. still don't know why it popped up now I have Avast installed. This implies Def should be auto disabled when third party AV is installed

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 07 Mar 13

In Windows 8 and Windows RT, Windows Defender provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials.

  Woolwell 07 Mar 13

Which version of Avast - is it the latest (v8)? Looking around the internet it seems that there have been some snags with Avast and W8, including not turning off Defender.

  onthelimit1 07 Mar 13

Sorry FB - very rare for me to contradict you, but:

MS article

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 07 Mar 13

I saw that, and my quote was from the Note in the middle of the page.

Which using defender since XP days as an antimalware was the way I read it.


  Woolwell 07 Mar 13

Until W8 Defender only protected against malware but it now protects against ant-virus as well. It replaces MSE which was also anti-virus.

  Woolwell 07 Mar 13

ps That doesn't mean that it is very good.


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