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Microsoft Security Essentials vs Windows Defender


athlete
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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.

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onthelimit1

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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).

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athlete

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Many thanks, onthelimit1.

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Jock1e

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Not sure if you can run defender any more as MSE has also got a Malware scanner on it now.

Probably wrong but I think you can only use the one.If you did not use MSE then you would be able to use Windows defender.

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Woolwell

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Not sure that onthelimit1 is completely correct. See MS Answers

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Jock1e

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Woolwell

I thought that was the case but was not 100% sure.Thanks for the confirmation.

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athlete

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

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onthelimit1

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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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