Should I turn off Windows Defender?

  • 10 January 2017
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Should Windows Defender be turned off while using Webroot antivirus?

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Userlevel 7
Greetings @ and welcome to the Community! :)

Windows Defender should be left turned on for the time being. Please look at this post for more relevant info:
https://community.webroot.com/t5/Webroot-SecureAnywhere-Internet/Windows-Defender-and-Webroot/td-p/263432

Cheers!
Userlevel 7
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Hello
and You can read articles:
How to Run WSA alongside Windows Defender on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 & Windows 10
https://community.webroot.com/t5/Webroot-SecureAnywhere-Antivirus/How-to-Run-WSA-alongside-Windows-Defender-on-Windows-8-Windows-8/ta-p/23058
What's the difference between the new Windows Defender and Webroot SecureAnywhere?
https://community.webroot.com/t5/Webroot-SecureAnywhere-Complete/What-s-the-difference-between-the-new-Windows-Defender-and/ta-p/13852
Turn Windows Defender On or Off
https://community.webroot.com/t5/Introduce-yourself-to-the/Turn-Windows-Defender-On-or-Off/m-p/79649#M2064
Userlevel 7
Hi krausetl44
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
If I may just add for clarification...in the past the installation fo a 3rd party AV or AM app would have automatically disabled/switched off Windows Defneder, but as of a recent WIindows Update this policy has now been revoked by Microsoft and it now remains active.
 
Whether to leave it enable or disabled is a personal decision and indeed some would say that its detection rates and the protection that it offers these days makes it an excellent additional layer of security and/or a good 2nd opinion scanner.
 
Indeed even when turned off you can configure it to peridically carry out a scan of your system and then switch itself off a again...whichihs a nice & automatic double check if one wants it.
 
Hope that assists further?
 
Regards, Baldrick

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