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  • 1.0 stars

    "has THIS EVER DONE ANYTHING AT ALL?"

    March 16, 2014  |   By THE TRUTH TELLER

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY OTHER THAN ITS THERE AND RUNS EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T WANT IT TO. SO IN OTHER WORDS NONE AT ALL

    Cons

    Can you actually remove this useless program it kind of like microsoft's monthly malicious software removal update that serves no purpose at all.

    Summary

    microsoft security tools are junk period!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Defender!!!"

    February 26, 2014  |   By BlackBox_Hacker

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    Windows Defender on Windows 8 Pro is also known as Microsoft Security Essentials!

    Cons

    The old version of Windows Defender really sucks!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "8.1 Upgrade Broke Windows Defender"

    December 24, 2013  |   By chuck50954

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    I've been looking all over the internet for a solution to my problem. The 8.1 installation broke Defender - it seems to have deleted it completely from the computer, as the directory that is mentioned in some help forums is missing from my Win8.1 installation. There are various error messages when I try to activate Defender. Various forums are full of similar complaints, but no solutions are on offer.

    Cons

    You can't install Defender from this file if you have Win 8 or 8.1. There is an error message saying it's already installed.

    Summary

    Microsoft did a bad, and hasn't fixed it yet. People have been complaining about this ever since 8.1 went live. Please get on it, Micro$oft.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "An okay software"

    October 2, 2013  |   By MastermindProgrammer

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    -It can get rid of normal spyware like it's meant to
    -Included in later versions of Windows
    -Quick scans are nice and quick
    -Full scans are not too slow(3 hours is NORMAL, depending on your PC)

    Cons

    -Detecion rate are not so good
    -Doesn't get rid of some other malware ad viruses

    Summary

    In many of the reviews users have complained about how bad it is. It's not thay bad! It is NOT a full antivirus program, and if you did use it as a full antivirus, you used it incorrectly!Windows defender is an ANTI-SPYWARE. It will not stop many things that is not spyware related.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Program - class of it's own"

    September 6, 2013  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    -real time protection.
    -integrates fully with windows and has never caused a bsod or conflict ... EVER. this is very note worthy.
    -free.
    -is not alarmist. note that you don't get a billion detections because of this. this is microsoft, they can't flag legitamate compeditors products as an infection without an antitrust lawsuit. yet other anti malware companies will flag each other to eliminate competition. furthermore, it is made to remove real threats, not cookies or other legitimate browser tool bars or add ons. other companies will flag these (though they shouldn't) just to pretend they're finding something sinister.
    -scans downloads with ie (and other browsers)
    -when infection detected, it blocks it in windows firewall to stop trojan stealing private info.
    -guards a dozen registry values, start page, etc.
    -originally GIANT AntiSpyware, an excellent product they purchased.
    -ability to easily remove installed ActiveX software.
    -integrated into microsoft spynet.

    Cons

    -there is a lot of negative comments about this program by ill informed individuals. this is not an antivirus program. it is an anti spyware program. and it doesn't get a lot of detections because it's user friendly and not alarmist.

    -note that their detections are the same as mse (microsoft security essentials), but with virus etc removed. cuz it's anti spyware.

    Summary

    for an antispyware dedicated program, you don't have many options. only defender has real time protection. and its completely free. malwarebytes, superantispyware, or spybot don't have real time protection for free. if you wish to use defender as demand scanner you can by turning off real time protection (note that malwarebytes is actually an antimalware so it's not really comparable, you should compare it with mse instead).

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Most likely a fail"

    May 19, 2013  |   By VulpeX

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    + promises additional protection
    + included in the recent Windows systems

    Cons

    - full scans take literally hours
    - many here report they never get any results (what could be a good thing but most likely isn't ;))

    Summary

    As many other reviews indicate, this little security tool is not really doing you a favour. It may be an additional protection against malware from installed programs. If you install a lot of apps regularly the features make sense. However it is not a replacement for a virus scanner!

    Updated on May 19, 2013

    After some additional research, I need to add a bit of information.

    Alas, the MS team has decided to give the Windows Defender a full virus protection - but only under Windows 8. This may lead to further confusion and people may believe they got a virus protection while they have not.

    Please inform your self : wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Defender

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Waste of resources"

    April 7, 2013  |   By JoelCairo

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    None that I can see

    Cons

    Uses tons of resources and never finds and spyware.

    Summary

    As a systems administrator I have come across windows defender many times and I have never seen it do anything useful. It's like having a button that uses 15% of your system resources, pointless.

    I don't use an anti-virus or anti-spyware program, a firewall is all I need. Those 2 programs eat resources and slow down your system ten fold. Ignore, disable and mock.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems to work fine."

    October 3, 2012  |   By BobV4244

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    I had it installed for 2 years then decided to install Kasperky. After a 12 hour scan Kaspersky found no threats so Defender must have been working perfectly. I may have wasted money on it.
    Please comment.

    Cons

    I wish it had been on xp all those years.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It does nothing."

    September 13, 2012  |   By Mar_Enz

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    It's free and from Microsoft.
    On second thought, I'm not sure this is a pro.

    Cons

    Windows Defender is just like the proverbial goggles in the Simpsons episode: it does nothing!
    I work servicing computers. I have seen DOZENS of PC's infected with all kind of malware, that have Windows Defender installed and running. Neither the alleged real-time protection, nor the scan detect any malware. And the only time I saw it detect something, it turned out to be a clear and cut false positive.

    Summary

    Don't waste your Pc resources with this. Get a real Antivirus and a decent Antimalware protection. There are many applications that are effective, and still free.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Resource Hog and useless"

    September 6, 2012  |   By Vanillaman

    Version: Microsoft Windows Defender 1.1.1593

    Pros

    None that I have found over a long period of use

    Cons

    Devours resources. Has no uninstaller. Zero results

    Summary

    Totally pointless waste of time and resources

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