Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware

Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware

Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 1187 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    beta
  • Total Downloads:
    3,621,699
  • Date Added:
    January 06, 2005
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP

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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 659 votes

    • 5 star 494
    • 4 star 25
    • 3 star 15
    • 2 star 16
    • 1 star 109
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    3.8

    out of 1187 votes

    • 5 star 669
    • 4 star 128
    • 3 star 82
    • 2 star 107
    • 1 star 201
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5 stars

"Great FREE Anti-Spyware AND it Automatic Updates!"

November 06, 2008  |  By LeeLee.

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

- Nice interface
- Good detection
- Automatic updates
- Easy-to-use
- Scheduled scans
- Quick Scan/Full Scan
- Real-time protection
- Many ways to modify your scan

Cons

- Not many updates

Summary

I remember when I first installed this years ago, it was awful. But now, it is highly improved. It is a great free Anti-Spyware with a very quick scanning rate.
- It has a smart-looking interface, quite similar to Windows Vista.
- It's the only good free Anti-Spyware that actually has automatic updates. Before it scans it checks to see if there are any updates to makes sure that every time is scans it's not missing any new spyware.
- It's very easy to use, as long as you read what each option means. It took me about five minutes to understand everything with Windows Defender.
- You can schedule a scan for any day/time you like. You can select what day(s) to scan and when. You can scan everyday, every other days, once a week, once a month, whenever you like.
- You can select Quick Scan which will scan the most common files that Spyware tends to attack. You can also select Full Scan which will just scan everything on your computer.
- The real-time protection is great, it scans anything incoming, although, you can't actually see this happening, but then, they can't say it has real-time protection if it doesn't. Most Anti-Virus software and Anti-Spyware software comes with built in real-time scanning nowadays, it's a great feature.
- There are many ways to modify your scan. You can select the date/time of which it scans, what you want to scan, how you want to scan and what protection you want on. It doesn't have a boot-time scan but hey, who needs that?

Overall, I think Windows Defender is a great free product, and in my opinion it only has one con, not bad eh?

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5 stars

"Must Have for Free Spy-Ware Protection"

October 25, 2008  |  By ElSpec774

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

The program is highly customizable, scan times, disable certain options, as well as various other settings and features. Scan engine is very powerful and finishes scans in a short amount of time. Daily updates and automatic installment.

Cons

It requires a Windows-based OS to install and needs validation. Some forms of spy-ware aren't always detected, happens very rarely though.

Summary

Without a doubt if you're someone looking for free spy-ware protection this is a must-have program.

It might seem negative above that it doesn't pick up all forms of spy-ware, it truly isn't. No program can offer 100% protection and this one does a great job for the nonexistent price.

This program will only install and function for users with Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. After installation, it'll require you to validate and ensure that you're running a genuine and valid copy of either OS listed above. This will take less than a minute and isn't a hassle.

Overall, this is a great program that will suit everyone's needs for free spy-ware protection. I highly recommend it.

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2 stars

"Failed the first time I went to the wrong website"

October 18, 2008  |  By nak3113

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

I am still trying to figure that out

Cons

Gave one warning about a trojan and then was shut down by that trojan. Used Malwarebytes to get rid of the viruses.

Summary

Still trying to figure out what good is it if its vulnerable to the only attack my computer faced and went down

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5 stars

"amazing. thanks microsoft"

October 13, 2008  |  By Icrysilently

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

light on system resources. the quick scan is very fast and while scanning, it does'nt slow down your computer. the interface is also very delight

Cons

i had think and tested windows defender for about 5 minutes and i don't see any weaknesses.

Summary

i trusted this software even more knowing that it's from microsooft.

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5 stars

"I used Windows defender out of desperation, glad I did!"

September 26, 2008  |  By Tinybaldman

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It found and removed adware/malware BitDefender could only block, but not remove. I had really never used Windows defender, I've always been pleased with antivirus programs I've had. It saved my butt in minutes, after wasting hours with BitDefender.

Cons

I have no cons at this time. Heck, it's free, what's there to complain about.

Summary

I think it's a great program. Many aditional functions and tools which are easy to use and effective. You have several options on how you want it to monitor, even gives you recommendations on which startup programs you may want to disable for better performance. Makes a great addition to your anti-virus program, and work seamlessly with it. I didn't notice any slow down and I was running 3 programs at the time. It took 3 minutes to find and delete the malware. I cound'nt be more pleased with it. Microsoft got this one right.

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1 stars

"Window Defender"

September 13, 2008  |  By soupkitchen06

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

none at all

Cons

Window Defender is blocking / disabeling my Anti Virus Software every 5 minutes or so. I need to find a way to get rid of this Program. I did not realize this downloadet on my computer with an regular update...

Summary

I hate it - Fix it!

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4 stars

"Good anti-spyware"

August 27, 2008  |  By The_X_File

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Very good real time protection. enough protection. It works silently in the background.

Cons

You cant see scan history. Updates are via Windows Update, which cost a long time to updata

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5 stars

"Excellent"

July 27, 2008  |  By spartain

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Easy to understand. My browsers had been hijacked by malware that prevented them from accessing search results. This program found it with a quick scan, whereas Avast (med scan) and CCleaner failed to.

NOTE: You should update definitions before scan. Also, Windows Automatic Update must be switched on for Defender to update definitions.

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5 stars

"Get it."

July 09, 2008  |  By Joe M

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

I wrote very unfavorable reviews of Windows Defender in its earlier versions, but this one is vastly improved. Detection rates are admittedly not quite as high as some others, but neither are the false positives, and the detection rate is good. Real-time protection, good OS integration, and good scheduling options make it preferable to the other free anti-spyware utilities I've used.

Cons

Slows my PC to a near stand-still while scanning, so I schedule scans for times I'm not likely to be using it.

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1 stars

"Worthless"

July 03, 2008  |  By xxPolyMorphxx

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It's integrated into windows, by windows, so you would think it would more readily recognize problems on your hard drive. It's easy to use, very straight forward interface. It runs extremely quickly as well.

Cons

It only notes critical problems, so it has no concept of tracking cookies or spyware, which means while other spyware programs like ad-aware and spybot come up with 61-88 hits, defender comes up with 0. I'm sorry but I want one program that does it all, and defender don't cut the mustard for me.

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General
Publisher Microsoft (archived)
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com
Release Date January 06, 2005
Date Added January 06, 2005
Version beta
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
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File Size Not Available
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Total Downloads 3,621,699
Downloads Last Week 1
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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