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I have MS AntiSpyware, and I noticed that Microsoft has replaced it with Windows Defender. I have used both, and they each seem to work fine, but I was wondering if there was any reason to switch to Windows Defender from MS AntiSpyware?
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Windows defender is MS antispyware, I think they just changed the name to be cool
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Well actually Anti-spyware uses the giantspyware engine whilst Windows Defender doesnt.

I dont like Defender, it doesn't update regularly or find many threats

Get Spyware Doctor, much better
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I have Windows Defender, but to be honest I prefer MS Antispyware. Defender doesn't seem to update as regularly as MS Antispyware did (Antispyware had the option of looking for upgrades yourself, I haven't found such an option in Defender other than to make it look for upgrades before it scans).
Everytime I do a full scan with Defender it says I have a file called WhenU.SaveNow which it can't delete. Spybot doesn't detect it neither can I with a manual search. Anybody experienced anything similar?
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or even better yet - screw microsoft and use "AdAware" or "spybot search and destroy" (i think thats what its called anyway)
    
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Originally Posted by SoaDMTGguy
I have MS AntiSpyware, and I noticed that Microsoft has replaced it with Windows Defender. I have used both, and they each seem to work fine, but I was wondering if there was any reason to switch to Windows Defender from MS AntiSpyware?
As stated above, MS AntiSpyware Beta was a tentative name and was changed to MS Defender. I think it's safe to assume that Defender would be a better antispyware because it would have everything AntiSpyware Beta had, but with even more added with the revision.
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or even better yet - screw microsoft and use "AdAware" or "spybot search and destroy" (i think thats what its called anyway)
MS AntiSpyware/Windows Defender is better then AdAware or SpyBot (I know, I have used both). Also, "WhenU.SaveNow" is the adware package bundled with BearShare. As long as you have BearShare installed, you can’t remove WhenU.SaveNow. Now, while I will say that I do not condone the illegal sharing of copyrighted material, if you must use such a program, use limewire. It uses the same network, but does not have any adware bundled with it.
post #8 of 15
My experience with MS AntiSpyware has been great. I haven't tried defender yet. I definitly think MS's product is better than Spybot or adaware. It does everything automatically. I never touch it. It just runs a scan and updates once a day and then goes back to the tray.
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Originally Posted by SoaDMTGguy
MS AntiSpyware/Windows Defender is better then AdAware or SpyBot (I know, I have used both). Also, "WhenU.SaveNow" is the adware package bundled with BearShare. As long as you have BearShare installed, you can’t remove WhenU.SaveNow. Now, while I will say that I do not condone the illegal sharing of copyrighted material, if you must use such a program, use limewire. It uses the same network, but does not have any adware bundled with it.

Bearshare? How the hell did I get that?!
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Does Defender have realtime monitoring of IE/Windows changes like MS AntiSpyware did?
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