9 thoughts on “The Truth About Windows Defender

  1. Aussie Norm

    Well said , I had a slight hiccup with Emsisoft late last week.Their support team via David Biggar replied within 2 hours…ascertained what the problem was and what was causing the blip and solved the problem promptly.
    Try getting that service from Microsoft…I don’t think so..(Want to have a bet..)

    Regards from Down Under

    Aussie Norm

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  2. Larry Hubble

    Yes, I won’t do without Emsisoft. Any questions and they are right there to help you, within hours, and not days. It is hard to find that kind of customer service today. I feel well-protected with Emsisoft, because I know they are working hard to make the security program the best one out there. It is just one less thing to have to worry about if you are like me and not especially tech savvy.
    The one question I would have about the Windows Defender, it is on by default. Should Windows Defender be turned off and/or removed? Will it not conflict with Emsisoft? I remember in Windows 7 the only thing that I ever used was the Windows firewall.

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  3. Marinus

    I beg to differ. I have used Windows Defender for quite a while now entirely to my satisfaction. I have not encoutered any problems during the whole period.
    It has always been kept up to date by MS automatically; I also like th way it is actually a part of Windows 10.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Beg to differ with what? The information in the article is based on facts that you can check out. Microsoft Windows Defender rates very low on independent tests conducted by independent testing labs. We have worked on thousands of PCs since 2011 when we started our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care and we have seen computers infected with malware, hijackers, viruses and more. Many of the computers that were attacked by the ransomware Cryptolocker and WannaCry were protected by Windows Defender. Microsoft finally took steps to block ransomware, but it is not automatic. Here’s a recent text result from AV Labs (independent testing labs). Emsisoft Emergency Kit uses the same scanning engine as found in it Emsisoft Anti-Malware. This test was conducted in October 2017:

      Emsisoft vs. Windows Defender

      You can differ with opinion, but it’s hard to argue with facts. I wonder how your computer would fare if we ran a malware scan on it. If you’d be interested to find out, let me know.

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      1. Wildroo

        I have to agree and have seen a tech for over 30 years the amount of Pc’s I had seen when I was working all running MS based AV options all had massive underlying infections and other bloatware crap killing their systems.
        Recently I have been doing my on testing and by disabling the defender systems via group policies I noted a lot of bugs within Windows or more to the point efforts to force users to keep defender running in the background no matter of your AV install

        Unlike the the author of this post I do not take note any so called independent testing as the reality is that nothing is independent now days and a simple Google and you can find multiple results for so called independent testing
        The reality is today what we call a virus is different to what we called a virus in previous years from bloatware to key loggers and simple cookies all things can be used to profile a user and this is where the money lies and this governs many AV and malware solutions.
        What you fail to cover within your article is the aim of defender and that is not a replacement for a dedicated AV solution but a safeguarding system to try and prevent catastrophic system failures caused by virus or malware plagues across the internet.
        I do not know why it is being pushed within your article as anything else

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        1. infoave Post author

          Microsoft certainly does claim that Windows Defender is a comprehensive security solution. This is what Microsoft says about Windows Defender:

          Windows Defender Antivirus
          Keep your PC safe with trusted antivirus protection built-in to Windows 10. Windows Defender Antivirus delivers comprehensive, ongoing and real-time protection against software threats like viruses, malware and spyware across email, apps, the cloud and the web.

          That is a direct quote from this Microsoft page. We bolded the word “Comprehensive”.

          As far as not trusting independent antivirus testing labs: I’d much rather trust them than random google searches which turn up such things as PC Matic, ScanGuard and other worthless – even dangerous “security software”. You’ll also find that PC Magazine, C|Net and others will recommend any security software that pays them the most. We are not aware of any AV testing lab that is on the take from AV vendors, but if you have any information [proof] about any AV testing lab that alters test results because they are being paid to change the scores by security software vendors, please send it our way.

          We did our research for this article and we stand by its content.

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  4. Derek

    How can I get rid of Windows Defender. It is driving me potty by stopping access to the internet. I have to switch it off to get online. I also use Emsisoft.

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    1. infoave Post author

      You cannot get rid of Windows Defender because it’s part of Windows 10. You can turn it off. I don’t see how Windows Defender could keep you from connecting to the Internet. Emsisoft works well along side of Windows Defender.

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  5. Karen P.

    I would like to say that Emsisoft is great. I feel safe using it and when I have had a question David Biggar has always been quick to respond. Thanks to you folks at Cloudeight for also being of great help when we need it.

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