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    Windows 10 Pro

    Can I get by with Windows Defender?

    On Windows 10 Pro version 2004

    I am currently using Malwarebytes, however, is it possible to get by just using Windows Defender Virus Protection? It's free and also uses less resources.

    Last edited by windoc; 19 Jul 2020 at 19:37. Reason: typo
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  2. Posts : 17,831
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    In most cases, Windows Security (Defender), smart choices and common sense will suffice.
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    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (dual boot)

    Windows 10's built-in antivirus app (Windows Security aka Windows Defender) works fine.

    It's also the preferred choice because Windows 10 can have issues when using a third-party antivirus app.
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    Nothing here but Windows Defender since day one of Windows 10. No issues.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    Nothing here but Windows Defender since day one of Windows 10. No issues.
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Yes, you can. If you wish to take full advantage of WD's capabilities, you might like to try GitHub - AndyFul/ConfigureDefender: Utility for configuring Windows 10 built-in Defender antivirus settings.. It is a small utility front-end to easily configure Window Defender advanced settings.

    Alternatively, you may use powershell commandlets or Group Policy (Windows Pro or higher) to configure WD.
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  8. Posts : 79
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    Thread Starter

    Great info, thanks to all.
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  9. Posts : 7,089
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Defender is fine but I also augment it with scans using AdwCleaner
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  10. Posts : 11,182
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Steve C said:
    Defender is fine but I also augment it with scans using AdwCleaner
    Hi there
    No point adding that or even the now increasingly obsolete Malwarebytes - for HOME type computers

    Please folks -- what do any of these 3rd party programs find that WD doesn't and is a genuine threat. I've often asked this same question on this section -- nobody has ever replied to that question !!!

    If you feel you have to install these increasingly out of date last mid cent (C20) solutions to a C21 OS because it gives you peace of mind then do it - but don't kid yourself that its actually a sensible technical solution -- more a "Psychological One".

    WD is rather unfortunately named as its predecessor with the same name on W7/W8 was essentially useless.

    WD on latest versions of W10 is based on the very resilient Robust security system built into AZURE (Ms's top generating money earner --its popular Enterprise level Cloud server). Unless you are the USA's / Russia / Chinese military there's no way any small 3rd party A/V system is going to have anything but a fraction of the resources that Ms has.

    If you like decent 3rd party products (and there's quite a few out there) support the deveopers of those products who make good other things -- for example decent backup software etc etc.

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