Do I have to reinstall MSE after a clean install


  1. Posts : 55
    Win 10 Professional x64
       #1

    Do I have to reinstall MSE after a clean install


    Hello,
    After a clean Win 10 Install, do I have to download and install Microsoft Security Essentials?
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  2. Posts : 10,748
    Windows 11 Workstation x64
       #2

    No, It's now called defender and it's already built in.
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  3. Posts : 55
    Win 10 Professional x64
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you for that quick reply.
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  4. Posts : 10
    Windows 7
       #4

    z3r010 said:
    No, It's now called defender and it's already built in.
    Defender (malware) and MSE (anti virus) used to be separate products. Are they now one in the same?
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  5. Posts : 55
    Win 10 Professional x64
    Thread Starter
       #5

    radamo said:
    Defender (malware) and MSE (anti virus) used to be separate products. Are they now one in the same?
    Could anyone answer this,...
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  6. Posts : 7,254
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #6

    Defender is exactly the same as MSE.
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  7. Posts : 149
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #7

    cabbage said:
    Could anyone answer this,...
    Windows Defender was a standalone anti-malware product on XP, Vista and 7
    Windows Defender - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    On XP, Vista and 7, MSE is an anti-virus and anti-malware

    On Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, Window's Defender is the same as MSE was as per the above
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  8. Posts : 10
    Windows 7
       #8

    garydexter said:
    Windows Defender was a standalone anti-malware product on XP, Vista and 7
    Windows Defender - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    On XP, Vista and 7, MSE is an anti-virus and anti-malware

    On Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, Window's Defender is the same as MSE was as per the above
    Thanks for the clarification. I have been on 7 since it came out and had not ventured further. Was unaware of the change.
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