Originally Posted by fateswarm
What do you want to see
it do? If you disable automatic updates you can notice it gets every day at least 500KB-2MB of data for new viruses/trojans. And some could argue "if you don't see it doing much, it may be doing its job well" (as opposed to e.g. avast which feels like a burden (even if it's the least trash of the free ones)).
Well, I would want it popup a warning if something is clawing at my PC. If something nasty is going on a website you don't want to silently block it...you want to know about it so you get off that site ASAP and likely never return. Other programs do this...so I'd expect Windows Defender to do something too. If I never got anything out of anything, then I would probably just think the Internet is this peaceful place full of unicorns and rainbows. However, both my other apps and appliances...and just common sense...tell me the Internet is a war zone. If you don't keep to the trenches you go splat...if you do come out of the trenches you had better have some good armor and I have yet to see any bullets get defected by Windows Defender.
though then I seldom ever get bullets flying my way...I keep to the trenches with my armor on so I mostly just see some trogans trying to get some adware on my system. Maybe it takes the actual trojan getting in and putting a virus running to get Windows Defender to pop. I have never checked into it much beyond knowing that it isn't supposed to be enough protection by itself and that some Network defense suites recommend disabling it because it can interfere with them.Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/8/13 at 7:33am