How is Windows Defender in Windows 8 different from an antivirus?

Dhaval Kaneriya December 16, 2012
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I have Windows 8 and it provides me with Windows Defender for a firewall. Do I also need to use antivirus? How is it different from a firewall?

  1. DalSan
    December 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

    The major difference is less control. Second difference is quality of protection and scans. Windows Firewall offers very basic protection, and Windows Defender offers mediocre protection. If you are a basic user then it should be ok. If you download a lot, use YouTube and other social media sites a lot, then you might want to look for better options. No matter what level of protection you have, nothing protects against user error.

  2. Vivek Kumar Yadav
    December 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    its not a powerful tool but you can manage to pull some time off of it…you’ll however need antivirus like bitdefender if you want maximum protection..

  3. luis donis
    December 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    only an antivirus is the same Microsoft Security Essentials

    December 17, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Windows defender is antivirus only....

    December 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Hello, windows defender in windows 8 includes microsoft security essentials and defender.

    Originally defender was meant for spyware. Security essentials came later on and included antivirus + the anti spyware from defender. That meant if you installed security essentials in your computer, the windows defender program would be turned off and included into security essentials.

    For windows 8, it remains with defender incorporating security essentials and defender. It does not include a firewall per say. It would be my advice to install a firewall + defender if you so choose. Keep in mind that if you are behind a router that has a firewall and it is configure right, a software firewall it is not that necessary but for peace of mind, I would install one anyway.. To read more about defender, try the following:

    To read antivirus test results and options for antivirus in windows 8, try the following:

  6. Junil Maharjan
    December 17, 2012 at 4:51 am

    The best thing about windows defender is it does not slow down your pc as much as other antiviruses.

  7. Junil Maharjan
    December 17, 2012 at 4:49 am

    The new Windows Defender is an amalgamation of the old windows defender and microsoft security essentials. It is a great tool and keeps malwares, viruses, worms away from your pc.

  8. Jose Paolo Gonzales Otico
    December 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I believe that Windows 8 now comes prepackaged with Microsoft Security Essentials embedded in it's OS, or Windows Defender. I can't quite remember, but I do know it's auto-enabled in Windows 8.

  9. Anonymous
    December 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Its all subjective no 'protection' is ever going to be 100% effective. The best protection anyone has is sat at the keyboard. Do yourselves a favour & educate yourself.

  10. Ramish Kidd
    December 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    its not a powerful tool but you can manage to pull some time off of'll however need antivirus like bitdefender if you want maximum protection..

  11. Hanamichi Kurotsuchi
    December 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    it's not enough to protect you against every single attack or virus, so I suggest to you to buy or use a powerful internet security that's powered with antivirus,too and the best one is Norton Internet Security 2013 or even 2012. norton 2012 was no.3 of 2012 and it's one of the best Internet security and antivirus in the world.

  12. ha14
    December 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Until Windows 8, Windows Defender protected against spyware only. Microsoft has said that Defender on Windows 8 provides an acceptable minimum level of protection, and that it will disable itself automatically if another antivirus suite is installed (such as a Norton , McAfee, or Kaspersky suite, for example).
    Microsoft might not intend for Defender in Windows 8 to replace a full third-party AV suite. However, among lots of users, this will most likely be the effect. Defender provides far more protection than no antivirus software. Defender has some down sides compared to our favorite paid third-party suites. Updates aren't as frequent and Defender is not as proactive. Defender doesn't cost anything extra, though -- and the many Windows users who don't typically install any AV software will be better off because of its inclusion.

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