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Windows Defender

Windows Defender x64

- New option to display Windows Defender system tray icon even when there are no pending actions needed.

- Enhanced performance through a new scanning engine.

- Streamlined, simplified user interface and alerts.

- Improved control over programs on your computer with enhanced Software Explorer.

- Multiple language support with globalization and localization features.

- Protection features for all users, whether or not they have administrator rights on the computer.

- Support for assistive technology for individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities.

- Support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.

- Automatic cleaning according to your settings during regularly scheduled scans.

Note that the final release version of Defender no longer supports Windows 2000

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I was reading on MajorGeeks the other day that they've stopped recommending Defender because they've decided it's pretty much useless. Anyone care to comment?

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I still have Windows defender installed, but have not used it in a long time, it was throwing up too many false positives.

I keep it installed in case it does improve though, I'll run a scan with it soon to see if anything has changed.

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so is it basically useless or what? should i uninstall it / does it offer any protection whatsoever?

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I run no antivirus, no anti-spyware. All I have is a firewall on my computer. :wave:

I do run these programs in Virtual Machines to see how they behave, etc.

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Having only 512 MB of RAM, I thought it used to much of my resources for what it does; with lots of RAM the calculation might be different.

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