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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 7 Questions: Windows 7 Is Windows Defender Good Enough on Windows 7 Until Jan 2020??

    This topic contains 8 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  anonymous 1 week, 4 days ago.

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    • #1949805 Reply

      anonymous

      My Kaspersky antivirus is good for another 3 weeks or so on my Windows 7 laptop. I will not be renewing it as I have purchased another laptop running Windows 10. Is Windows Defender on Win 7 the same as Windows Defender on Win 10?  Just asking so I know whether to retire the Win 7 laptop in 3 weeks or in January 2020.

      Thanks.

    • #1949829 Reply

      PKCano
      Da Boss

      Windows Defender is not an anti-virus solution on WIn7 like it is on Win10. You could download the free Microsoft Security Essentials or use one of the third-party free AV programs.

    • #1949837 Reply

      geekdom
      AskWoody Plus

      Windows 7 Windows Defender is not the same as Windows 10 Windows Defender.

      Windows 7 Windows Defender is anti-malware only.

      Windows 10 Windows Defender is anti-virus.

      Microsoft Security Essentials is anti-virus, free, and runs on Windows 7.

      Here is more information:
      https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17150/windows-7-what-is-microsoft-security-essentials

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    • #1950892 Reply

      EP
      AskWoody_MVP

      geekdom & PKCano are correct

      windows defender in Win7 is weak and provides basic malware protection.
      Microsoft security essentials, on the other hand, is a serious upgrade over win7’s defender app and provides more broader protection than just malware protection.

      OP should get a free copy of Malwarebytes or Super Antispyware for his Win7 machine

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    • #1951109 Reply

      geekdom
      AskWoody Plus

      Real-time protection is required as part of your new, free anti-virus package.

      Make sure that the free version of the package you choose has this real-time protection. Such information is presented on the manufacturer’s site, which is the safest place to get your software download.

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    • #1952271 Reply

      anonymous

      Thank you all…

      I will be using Microsoft Security Essentials once my Kaspersky antivirus ends. I just got Malwarebytes Premium for both Win 7 & Win 10 laptops.

      And to Alex5723 – I did not know about Kaspersky Free. Learned something new.

    • #1963600 Reply

      John L
      AskWoody Lounger

      Was using McAfee with Win7 for many years on 3 PCs and around 2016 from time to time would get major upgrades from McAfee which started crashing Win7 and sometimes reboot would fail ending with black screens with a flashing curser so I had to look at other options. Nonetheless, I am very grateful that PKCano suggested that I try Microsoft Security Essentials.  We have never had any problems with viruses or any malware, in my opinion it protects your PC as well as any 3rd party antivirus.  It has no bloatware in it which mostly duplicates what Windows already does and it works seamlessly with Windows 7 and it never bothers you with popups that you have to close all the time.  It is very similar to Windows Defender in Win10.  Defender in Win10 never bothers you with popups either.   Don’t use Defender in Win7 it is not a full securtiy suite.   I think that you will like Security Essentials for Windows 7 until EOL, its easy to use and up to now about 4 years for us it has been very reliable.  I have to admit Microsoft really got this one RIGHT.  Microsoft will stop supporting  Security Essentials when they stop supporting Windows 7, so its likely that you will have look for 3rd party security suites if there are any or take the nightmarish Win10 plunge.    GOOD LUCK.

    • #1976632 Reply

      anonymous

      Update – over the weekend, I installed MSE on my Win 7 laptop. Things went smoothly and there did not seem to be any conflict with Malwarebytes Premium. One important note, MSE automatically reset my Update setting to Install Updates Automatically (recommended). Had it not been the time where I check on Updates, I might have missed this.

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