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Posted by:

Philip Reeves
05 Jan 2018

Microsoft has a history of providing and promoting free AV software which starts out good, but later they get lazy and then the software becomes increasingly ineffective. I think I'll pass.

Posted by:

Mark
05 Jan 2018

Recently, I started using Windows Defender exclusively after using Avast free antivirus for years. I got tired of the pop-ups and ads wanting me to buy the paid version. So far I am pleased with WD and crossing my fingers that is enough to protect me from general web browsing and internet activity.

Posted by:

TGreer
05 Jan 2018

With hundreds of client computers, we've had good luck running the combination of Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It's important to run a program like Malwarebytes, as they excel at after-the-fact removal of malware. Since a vast majority of malware come from clicking, or "opting in", NONE of the traditional anti-virus products do a good job of preventing malware. We regularly see systems running any of the mainstream products, that have scores of infections when checked with Malwarebytes. Yesterday, Malwarebytes caught a bunch of infected files when transferring data to a new computer. The old computer was running a current version of Kaspersky and it never said a thing about the infected files. They were the type of malware that add toolbars and bogus home/search pages (like Mindspark).

Users need to understand that NO PRODUCT can protect you 100%, and that THEY need to accept the responsibility of watching what they click!

Posted by:

Fred
05 Jan 2018

I love Windows Defender. It is non intrusive, and does not slow down my computer at all. I have tried many different free antivirus/security programs throughout the years but they all made my computer sluggish or as mentioned earlier had pop up adds that would drive you nuts.
A security program is only as good as it's user. If you don't practice "safe clicking" you are asking for trouble no matter the program.
I use WD, Malwarebytes, and WOT when browsing and have never had an issue. All free programs.

Posted by:

Lee
05 Jan 2018

TGreer: Quote: "Users need to understand that NO PRODUCT can protect you 100%, and that THEY need to accept the responsibility of watching what they click!"

You and I and everyone in the IT industry have been preaching user responsibility for decades. Although you and I are in complete agreement, sad to say, it'll never happen. Ignorance and user apathy are rampant, always have been, always will be. Want to talk about data backup, security updates, and application updates? Same song, second,third, and fourth chorus. Those folks are also our ticket to continued employment. The 'side benefit (?)' is, for us, early burn-out. Hope you and yours have a great 2018! Hang in there. ---- Lee

Posted by:

Steven Bohne
05 Jan 2018

I have windows 10 pro version and I do NOT have an option regarding folders. Is it because I am running Bitware as my main VP?

Posted by:

Robert Sutter
05 Jan 2018

I tried to turn on the folders option which brings up User control and when you click yes to accept it turns back off folder protection.

Posted by:

Rob
05 Jan 2018

Along with the Defender,I use Sophos Home Protection. Its free and no ads or popups. It's been great.

Posted by:

Mark H.
05 Jan 2018

Been using Defender only for a couple of years now. Once in a while I would scan with Malwarebytes Free.
Decided to go with paid Malwarebytes just for the scans. Other than usual PUPS, have had no problem.

Posted by:

bb
05 Jan 2018

I use Windows Defender on all my machines and lover the fact that Microsoft updates and program installations work without issues. Third party AV programs often cause problems, and especially a challenge for the Windows 10 "Feature Updates."

“Controlled folder access” is off by default because it breaks many programs - common accepted programs suddenly can't read or write to the protected programs. This should be expected as the 'Whitelist' of programs that are allowed is short. One can add blocked programs to the whitelist but it takes lots of clicks to do so.

Microsoft should have added an option to add a program to the Whitelist when a program is blocked, but they didn't - maybe because the user would be so tired of getting programs blocked that they would just click 'ok' without thinking. And then the Ransomeware would do its business.

There's no easy answer. It would also be helpful to be able to see (and edit) the whitelist, but that's not available either. Maybe later.

Posted by:

Mike
05 Jan 2018

I tried to turn on Controlled Folder Access, but several of my apps no longer worked or could no longer be updated. There is an "add or remove exclusions", but I was having trouble figuring out how to add the exclusions. I would turn Controlled Folder Access back on, but I need to find some tutorials on what and how to exclude for these apps.

Posted by:

Jim Horn
05 Jan 2018

Have had good results with Defender in my WIN10.

would like to include Guard if no cost, but how, where to download.

Posted by:

MmeMoxie
06 Jan 2018

I'm with Phillip Reeves - MS has fooled me way to many times, to trust it now. I like using the MS program, but simply do not trust MS for any security measures - I don't even use Microsoft Edge. One time I was a complete user of Microsoft's operating system and all of its bells and whistles, but that was about 20 years ago. In fact Win 95B was the OS that I learned how to use MS and how to repair MS! }:O)


Today, I have good security coverage with Bitdefender Total Security software and Malwarebytes Premium software! I have an excellent Firewall with my Wifi Router, which is a Pace router that used to be 2Wire Routers.

I have been an AT&T Internet DSL customer, since March of 2000 - That is 17 years of good solid Firewall protection. Yes, I have gotten some viruses but it honestly has been a "coon's age." My AV software programs have been doing an excellent job of protection. My Firewall is hardware as part of my Wifi router - Not software and that truly makes a big difference.


In the beginning I hated Windows 10, after the first BIG update in November 2015, I again download Windows 10 for about the 7 time and it finally, worked like it was suppose to work!!! I have finally gotten use to Windows 10 and feel very comfortable using the OS, just like an "old pair of slippers."


Posted by:

Brad
06 Jan 2018

So far (knock on wood) I've had no problems. I have McAfee as my anti virus and firewall. Windows defender is set for periodic scanning and I haven't notice any slow downs.

Posted by:

marge201
06 Jan 2018

I have Windows Defender on my W7 Pro desktop. Who knew! It tells me, "This program is turned off. If you are using another program that checks for harmful or unwanted software, use the Action Center to check that program's status. If you would like to use this program, click here."

I use malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials which I check for updates most nights and update several times a week. Computer runs good. Do I need Windows Defender?

Posted by:

Gillian
06 Jan 2018

I have a new laptop that came with Windows 10 - which I finally beat into submission so I could actually do something useful with it - and I am running the free version of Bitdefender.
I followed Bob's instructions and found that all the sliders under Virus & threat protection are set to Off and greyed out - I can't turn any of the options on. Perhaps this is because Bitdefender has taken over these functions from Windows Defender?

Posted by:

ardj
06 Jan 2018

Thanks very much,Bob: have passed on the exploit protection implementation to my W10 users. One thought occurs to me - is it as intrusive as EMET, for instance - are they going to find themselves having to authorize things all the time ?

I agree with Philip Reeves and TGreer.

Posted by:

Andy
06 Jan 2018

I have used WD and before that MSE for years without problems. I also run Malwarebytes Free daily. They are both unobtrusive. I haven't had any viruses reported for ages and PUPs very rarely. AdblockPlus and tracking protection in Firefox also help.
Vigilance in opening links and downloads is probably the most important action to take.
I wasn't aware of Controlled Folder Access until now and have just switched it on. Thanks Bob.

Posted by:

Henry
06 Jan 2018

Re: WinDefender - Installing an "outside" A/V program on a Windows Machine seems like someone buying a Cadillac and then taking it to a Ford dealer to have additional parts put on it. It make sense to me that if the people who write the A/V program eat at the same cafeteria as the people who write the system software, there will be a natural flow of ideas in the same direction. Apparently I'm not seeing that correctly. But one question: Defender automatically turns off when an "outside" A/V program is installed: how are you guys defeating that protective function?

Posted by:

Peter O
06 Jan 2018

Ordinary folks just want to get on with what they are doing.
That means simple OS's, simple apps & simple to set & forget AV SW.
As the above comments indicate this world provides nothing like that environment.
The obvious flaws remaining in WD are clear testimony to that.
MS can only be regarded as disreputable but there is not much we can do to force change.
I still have unwanted pop ups with Avira & many other intruders & don't always have the time to track down their elimination.
Example: en softonic.com

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