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Wepynx 01. May 2019 08:34 PM

Windows Defender
 
Does Windows Defender have serious system impact? Will it slowdown my PC. I'm running Win 10 all updated, Intel Core2 Duo, 2.33 GHz and 8.00GB RAM. Thanks.

EldonW 01. May 2019 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Wepynx (Post 125326)
Does Windows Defender have serious system impact? Will it slowdown my PC.

No.
Microsoft's programs included with Windows has always been low on system resources.

Wepynx 02. May 2019 01:13 AM

Thank you EldonW.

Anupam 02. May 2019 12:11 PM

I have Windows 10 32-bit with 4 GB of RAM. My experience is that Windows Defender does slow down my PC a bit.

Burn-IT 02. May 2019 12:58 PM

I have always found it better to remove Defender and replace it with a decent third party tool.
Defender has never been known as anything other than a "better than nothing" tool even by MS.

EldonW 02. May 2019 03:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Burn-IT (Post 125332)
Defender has never been known as anything other than a "better than nothing" tool even by MS.

Not any more. ;)
Have a look at this comparison.
https://www.av-comparatives.org/comparison/

Unfortunately, the 36 false positives spoil the glory. :o

Remah 02. May 2019 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Burn-IT (Post 125332)
Defender has never been known as anything other than a "better than nothing" tool even by MS.

I've never heard that from any official source at Microsoft so it would be good to provide a source reference for such a disparaging comment.

Microsoft's stated intentions have always been to provide a much higher level of protection than you've stated. And that goes all the way back to their purchase of Giant anti-spyware in 2004:
https://news.microsoft.com/2004/12/1...giant-company/

I think that you're probably confused about the Microsoft products. The AV Comparatives report that @EldonW links to is for the current anti-virus product rather than the original anti-spyware product which this topic is about.

Windows Defender is the name used for at least three different products:
  1. The original Windows Defender from 2005 was only anti-spyware for Windows XP and later for Windows Vista and 7. From 2009, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE or MSSE) provided anti-virus for Windows 7
  2. Windows Defender for Windows 8 was an anti-virus that used the same definition files as MSE.
  3. Windows Defender Antivirus for Windows 10 supercedes both MSE and Windows Defender for Windows 8.

EldonW 03. May 2019 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Remah (Post 125337)
The AV Comparatives report that @EldonW links to is for the current anti-virus product rather than the original anti-spyware product which this topic is about

The user is running Windows 10. Therefor this topic is not about the original anti-spyware product.

deya 03. May 2019 04:20 PM

I use Defender, haven't used anything else for years and never noticed it causing any slowdowns. And on a PC with the specs that the OP has posted there shouldn't be any problem. In all honesty, I've never had an issue while using it with Win10.

Anupam 03. May 2019 06:51 PM

Windows Defender comes on whenever I uninstall Avast to install a new version. There is noticeable slowdown in the system, which I don't feel when Avast is installed. Specially, when I open a folder with exe files, there is a lag.

eyeb 03. May 2019 07:48 PM

I disliked windows defender on xp/7, it's too built into windows 10 to remove it so I live with it <-- original Windows Defender (red circle icon) sucked, the redesign with the brick wall icon is less intrusive. No clue why they kept the name when they are essentially 2 different products

on windows 10 I don't notice a slow down but again, I can't disable it completely so I don't have a "gauge" of what the computer would be like if it never had it in the first place

I could cripple it via registery edit but I don't see much difference in doing so and I dislike the windows nag about it being disabled, so I leave it alone. I however put a lot of folders into the exceptions list so it doesn't scan things I use frequently. I trust I don't have a virus from my own internet habits. The windows C:/ is protected but the rest, I don't mind deleting a file or reinstalling a program if they get corrupted. The firewall prevents things from being sent out of computer so, if I get something, it's stuck until I delete it.

But I don't run any real time anti-virus either, I use on demand if I need it. With a sandboxed and partitioned OS, I haven't had anything come up in years doing so. Since it is gone after a shutdown/reboot.

Remah 04. May 2019 10:29 PM

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Originally Posted by EldonW (Post 125340)
The user is running Windows 10. Therefor this topic is not about the original anti-spyware product.

Good reading. I had actually meant to say that. :o


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