Originally Posted by Drone
Windows 8 Defender:
Has built-in antivirus
Doesn't have "Scan this file" feature (not a big deal, all new files get scanned automatically anyway so ...)
Has Anti-malware software (users no longer need to download and install it manually)
Can't be uninstalled, only disabled
Has built-in antivirus
Can't be installed in Widows 8
Has "Scan this file" context menu
Doesn't have Anti-malware software (users need to download and install it manually)
Can be uninstalled
Users who upgrade from Win7 to 8 need to uninstall MSE first
OK, I'm confused royally. Either youre saying MS decided to confuse all of us and change the neames and roles for Windows 8, or your confused. Reason I say this is this:
If you look back a few years, MS only had Defender as an anti-spyware. It has no context menu, and never has. Then they bought Giant anti-virus, and re-engineered the program to include Windows Defender, so that it could now be an anti-malware, with virus, spyware, and rootkit protection. MSE was born! (I'll let you all be the judge of how effective, I'm merely giving you the history)
Anyway, windows Defender in Windows 7 comes automatically in Windows 7, and it's on by default. Yes, MS continued to put out there it's sad little minimal antispyware. So, in Windows 7, and in WHS 2011, it is there and ON by default. You cannot uninstall it, only disable it. OR, it will automatically disable itself if the user installs MSE, because Defender is INCLUDED in MSE.
Now, I seriously think even MS would not attempt to confuse people and rename and re-define the roles for Windows 8. What do I think? I think the same sad little Windows Defender which has been around since 2003 or so, is the same automatic protection you get in Windows 8, same as they did in 7, and XP, SP3. They would not purposely try to confuse anyone and reverse the names.
The fact that they made it LOOK like MSE in it's design, but behaves like the previous Windows Defender (in that user doesn't have much control), has me seriously wondering if this thing is even half as effective as MSE! I plain don't trust them. This is on top of them cramming a touchscreen, mobile phone and tablet operating system down the throats of PC users, when Windows 7 was perfectly fine, best they ever made, and pretty light on resources. So, NO, I do not trust their renaming of MSE to Windows Defender for Windows 8. Seems rather minimalist to me, like the previous Windows Defender.