Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Is Windows Defender enough?

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64-Bit

    Is Windows Defender enough?


    Hi all,

    Apologies if this question has been asked before, i'm sick of Avira and its constant pop ups and product updates etc and I'm thinking to just stick with Windows Defender.

    My questions are:
    - Is it good enough?
    - Is it light on system?
    - Does it require Windows Update to be turned on?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    I've got things like Web Of Trust and Adblock+ installed and HitmanPro.Alert

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Windows Defender is good enough for home systems as long as you practice safe surfing and common sense regardless of what anti virus program you use. It only updates it definition files through Windows Update and gives not pop-ups. The other products are ok for what they were meant to do. I personally use Windows Defender and Malwarebytes.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64-Bit


    So I decided to ditch Avira and use Defender.

    Personally I don't have Windows Update turned on and as you may know Defender then won't auto update its definition files but I've found a way to get past that over here.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    That's one way to do it. Why don't you want the normal updates, they are for the security of your system?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Windows Defender is good enough for home systems as long as you practice safe surfing and common sense regardless of what anti virus program you use. It only updates it definition files through Windows Update and gives not pop-ups. The other products are ok for what they were meant to do. I personally use Windows Defender and Malwarebytes.
    I agree ,I only use the same to programs for security ,and safe surfing to of course !
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Windows defender provides adequate protection, as far as AV software can provide. But even the very best software cannot provide full protection when the OS is not kept up to date. You either need Windows Update or manually download the required updates. The latter is a lot of work.

    Malware has become very sophisticated in recent years and a high priority in it's design is evading AV software. It is war between AV software and malware. Malware is winning. In this war you need all the advantages you can get and keeping the OS updates is a big part of it.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Defender should be enough for home use as long as you are careful of the sites you're visiting on the internet, don't bypass digital signature warnings when downloading software. I would download all updates from Windows Update to stay up to date with security features.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    That's one way to do it. Why don't you want the normal updates, they are for the security of your system?
    I've always had the impression windows downloads useless updates like C+ distributable or similar stuff, that over time bogs down your computer haha, not to mention the 'windows is configuring updates, don't turn off your computer' crap
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Updates do not bog down the computer, they enhance it. Yes, once in a while we hit a bad update but easily overcome by doing a system restore. I clear out outdated updates once a month using Disk Cleanup, system files. Security updates are very important to your system in the fight against hackers etc.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by shotta287 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    That's one way to do it. Why don't you want the normal updates, they are for the security of your system?
    I've always had the impression windows downloads useless updates like C+ distributable or similar stuff, that over time bogs down your computer haha, not to mention the 'windows is configuring updates, don't turn off your computer' crap
    oookkk
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Is Windows Defender enough?
Related Threads
Is windows defender all i need in System Security
I was advised by Microsoft tech support, that he was concerned with a recent problem that I had, which I solved myself. that he was concerned that I was using defender as my only antivirus
Windows Defender in System Security
just bought a new PC a week ago with windows 8.1. As i understand windowd defender should scan daily during the maintenance time but windows defender has not scanned my computer in 3 days and the computer has not been shut down. Is there something i am missing here?
Solved Windows Defender in System Security
Why does Windows Defender want to scan my PC so often? I have it scheduled to scan daily at about 2:30 AM. Sometimes after about 4 hours it says I need to scan.
Windows Defender in System Security
Recently I ran out of Norton Internet Security, and I don't feel like paying for one anymore, and I've been using Windows Defender that was already on my laptop, is it any good? I've heard bad and good things about it, or should I just get a free one like Avast/Avira/AVG.
Solved windows defender in System Security
Is it my pc or is there no right click scan anymore? windows 8 64 bit
Solved windows defender in System Security
windows defender has been doing a full scan of my computer since 6:10 am this mourning, and it is still going. that caint be right can it,too take that long.
Windows Defender in System Security
Hi there , I installed windows 8 and I faced more than 30 problems... anyways ! I got a antivirus called windows defender actually its not an antivirus its an virus. it makes my computer freeze and sometimes it just get black screen and cant do anything.I never installed that program or I never...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook