A couple of weeks ago, I saw a thread where someone stated that if a third party AV was installed in W8 it automatically disabled Defender.
Imagine my surprise this morning when, on my PC with Avast, Defender popped up saying it had identified a problem (Hackfile or somesuch) and was cleaning it.
So, what is going on?
Avast is an antivirus, defender is antimalware. the article you read is incorrect.
I'm sorry but Fruit Bat is incorrect. It has changed with W8. Defender is like MSE in W8 (similar interface. See Microsoft article
Correction Defender has replaced MSE in W8.
Correct - defender in W8 is a combined version of the old one and MSE. It is therefore AV and antimalware. still don't know why it popped up now I have Avast installed. This implies Def should be auto disabled when third party AV is installed
In Windows 8 and Windows RT, Windows Defender provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials.
Which version of Avast - is it the latest (v8)? Looking around the internet it seems that there have been some snags with Avast and W8, including not turning off Defender.
Sorry FB - very rare for me to contradict you, but:
I saw that, and my quote was from the Note in the middle of the page.
Which using defender since XP days as an antimalware was the way I read it.
Until W8 Defender only protected against malware but it now protects against ant-virus as well. It replaces MSE which was also anti-virus.
ps That doesn't mean that it is very good.
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