1.    10 Oct 2016 #1

    Using Windows Defender and System Mechanic in Windows 10


    Windows 10
    I purchased System Mechanic not knowing about Windows Defender. I have both running. Should I use both or just one? If just one which should I use? I assume I can turn off Windows Defender and or delete System Mechanic. Btw, I am inexperienced.

    Thank you.
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  2. Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,200
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       11 Oct 2016 #2

    Hi, the standard spiel is not to run 2 AV's at the same time as I'm sure you know.

    From around 2014 MS designed Defender so it is 'compatible' with other major vendors' products. That is, you will probably find Defender is disabled when installing another AV, but it is still present and can be used in a limited sense. Discussion here (2nd section):
    https://www.winhelp.us/configure-win...windows-8.html

    I guess you have a version of System Mechanic with AV - apparently it uses 2 AV engines - I couldn't find which from a quick search.
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  3.    11 Oct 2016 #3

    I'd just pick one and since you purchased System Mechanic I'd side with that for now. I would also augment your security with Malwarebytes (free so not resident) and SuperAntSpyware (free). You can run these programs regularly to scan your system for malware and malicious cookies respectively.
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  4. Join Date : Nov 2013
    Posts : 209
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       11 Oct 2016 #4

    Trash System Mechanic. It trashed my PC.
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  5.    11 Oct 2016 #5

    It seems Mechanic performs more tasks such as removing junk files, etc. than Defendar but if Mechanic is a risk It will be deleted.. Is there a resident app already on W10 to do such tasks?
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  6. Join Date : Nov 2013
    Posts : 209
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       11 Oct 2016 #6

    lpatrick said: View Post
    It seems Mechanic performs more tasks such as removing junk files, etc. than Defendar but if Mechanic is a risk It will be deleted.. Is there a resident app already on W10 to do such tasks?
    Disk Cleanup and select Cleanup System Files.
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  7.    11 Oct 2016 #7

    Thank you.
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