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Hi,
Defender is just obnoxious ware
I tried to run performance test 8 or 9 I forget and it stopped it because of locked memory features so yeah it's not possible to remove the crapware but you can disable the features and get another AV and mbam has been that for years without pretender oops I mean defender doing much.lol
 

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I would like to see free security apps separated from paid security apps.

Also, I only use Windows Security (formerly Windows Defender) and have had no security problems in several years.
What do you use for FireWall tho? Do you use the built-in Windows Firewall, or do you use something like PFSense or Comodo Premium?
 

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Defender has more impact on performance than any AV recently tested by AV Comparitives.
This is true principally when copying large numbers of files or when processing large numbers of malware as with some tester's "machine gun" approach.
Defender is just obnoxious ware
It's on par with all major AVs in all well-regarded tests minus some features of some paid suites but also with none of the bloatware. Of course, performance of any AV is highly dependent on machine specifics and type of use.

neves in correct about Defender's performance especially now with the rollout of the new MS Defender Core Service (Antimalware Core Service), the memory footprint is generally miniscule. On my machine RAM is usually in the teens.
When this will happen:
Preview: Nov ‘23 to Beta channel (Prerelease).
Standard: We will begin rolling out mid-January 2024 and expect to complete by early February 2024.

How this will affect your organization:
To enhance your endpoint security experience, we are shipping the Microsoft Defender Core service which will help with stability and performance of Microsoft Defender Antivirus.
 

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    Edge | Brave
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    Microsoft Defender | Block unknown executables | Various ASR rules enabled
@SlicEnDicE

Defender has more impact on performance than any AV recently tested by AV Comparitives.


So please don't just gainsay.
Keep in mind that Defender does quite a lot deeper scan on files and memory than most AVs, not just looking for simple virus thumbprints...It blocks everything "unwanted" for me, in some cases even stuff I want to keep. Which is a good thing. I've tried all of the AVs, so I know how they perform. Sure they could optimize it a lot. If they would use a gazillion gigabytes of RAM, it would definitely be probably about 5x faster, which any software would be when thrown enough RAM at it. Defender uses very, I repeat, VERY little RAM compared to the competition.
 

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    Windows Defender
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    AC WiFi Card
This cannot be true as that is an open ended question.
We all know the Ultimate Answer is 42, so the Ultimate Question must be a closed-ended question e.g. What do you get if you multiply six by nine?
six times seven you mean
 

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    Windows Defender
Keep in mind that Defender does quite a lot deeper scan on files and memory than most AVs, not just looking for simple virus thumbprints...It blocks everything "unwanted" for me, in some cases even stuff I want to keep. Which is a good thing. I've tried all of the AVs, so I know how they perform. Sure they could optimize it a lot. If they would use a gazillion gigabytes of RAM, it would definitely be probably about 5x faster, which any software would be when thrown enough RAM at it. Defender uses very, I repeat, VERY little RAM compared to the competition.
I sincerely doubt you have tried "all AVs" but I could be wrong. My favoured AV does not waste time scanning files which are non executable. It sits in the background waiting for suspicios actions. If a program misbehaves my AV will start journaling - it records all changes made by a rogue actor and can reverse them.

Are you saying that Defender is slower because it scans more files? 😂 I would have to agree.

Defender also creates a hash for every file - what is the point???
 

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    4GB
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    Webroot Secure Anywhere
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    HP Mini 210-1090NR PC (bought in late 2009!)
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    Atom N450 1.66GHz
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    2GB
What do you use for FireWall tho? Do you use the built-in Windows Firewall, or do you use something like PFSense or Comodo Premium?
The built-in Windows Firewall.
 

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    That's all Folks!
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I just use a VPN and Windows security. If I ever get infected, I won't try to fix it. I will just wiped out my drive and restore from clean backup image. Easier and faster.🤭
 

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    Main Boot Drive : 512GB Adata XPG RGB Gen3x4 NVMe M.2 SSD
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    Moderna :)
Don't get too cocky! What might happen if you get a virus infection that stays out of sight, harvesting your data for weeks, even months?
 

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    Pentium Silver N6000 1.10GHz
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    4GB
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    1920 x 1080
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    SSD
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    Brave, Edge or Firefox
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    Webroot Secure Anywhere
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    HP Mini 210-1090NR PC (bought in late 2009!)
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    Atom N450 1.66GHz
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    2GB
I just use a VPN and Windows security. If I ever get infected, I won't try to fix it. I will just wiped out my drive and restore from clean backup image. Easier and faster.🤭
Hi,
Not sure a vpn does much besides hide who and where you're really at to others besides themselves that is lol
Handy for side stepping silly local state or regulations "I use one for this occasionally" otherwise they just puts someone in the middle of handling your internet and speed.
 

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    mbam pro
Keep in mind that Defender does quite a lot deeper scan on files and memory than most AVs
Are you saying that Defender is slower because it scans more files? 😂 I would have to agree
Defender's problem with performance, e.g lots of file copying, etc. is that it doesn't cache previously scanned files like popular AVs. That's the one big area they could improve on and simply haven't. Most casual Windows users won't have any issues with Defender. OTOH power users mostly dislike it.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
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    Laptop
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    Lenovo IdeaPad L340
    CPU
    Intel Core i3-8145U
    Memory
    8GB
    Internet Speed
    45MB
    Browser
    Edge | Brave
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender | Block unknown executables | Various ASR rules enabled
Defender's problem with performance, e.g lots of file copying, etc. is that it doesn't cache previously scanned files like popular AVs. That's the one big area they could improve on and simply haven't. Most casual Windows users won't have any issues with Defender. OTOH power users mostly dislike it.
Good job that premium AVs like Kaspersky automatically disables Defender
 

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Hi,
Not sure a vpn does much besides hide who and where you're really at to others besides themselves that is lol
Handy for side stepping silly local state or regulations "I use one for this occasionally" otherwise they just puts someone in the middle of handling your internet and speed.
A VPN wasn't necessarily created for "hiding". It is a tool that allows you to access the internet with more safety and security. It encrypts your sensitive data before it even leaves your device and enters the web.
 
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    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
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    MSI MPG Gaming Edge Wifi (X570)
    Memory
    32GB Adata XPG DDR4
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    ASUS GTX 1070 8GB ROG
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    LG Ultrawide 34"
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    3440x1440
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    Main Boot Drive : 512GB Adata XPG RGB Gen3x4 NVMe M.2 SSD
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    EVGA 600 Watts Gold
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    Deepcool Genome II
    Cooling
    Deepcool Fryzen
    Internet Speed
    1Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    "Moderna"
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-4790K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Xtreme6 Z97
    Memory
    16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro
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    MSI R9 290
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    LG Ultrawide 34"
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    3440x1440
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    Samsung M.2
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    Thermaltake 475 Watts 80 Bronze
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    Thermaltake Commander I Snow Edition
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    Deep Cool Archer Air Cooler
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    Logitech G402
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    Armageddon MKA-5R RGB-Hornet
    Internet Speed
    1Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Moderna :)
Besides, Kaspersky is made in 🇷🇺.... I'll stick with Defender, made in 🇺🇸
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD Rizen 5
    Memory
    8gb
    Screen Resolution
    1080 UHD
    Hard Drives
    SSD
    Browser
    FF
    Antivirus
    Defender
OTOH power users mostly dislike it.
While I'm a power user, I have no problem with Defender. It's convenient and not worth my time to fight other AV software. If I happen to copy some GB or TB of data, I don't care if it takes a bit longer. If I copy my own data, I can safely disable AV temporarily during the copy process anyways.

For compiling code, I always disable AV for the projects folder (root of all projects) where all the code and compiled bits and pieces are created. I also disable scanning of the compiler and linker process itself. AVs tend to interfere with the process and when you think you had a bug in your code, it was just the AV doing some undesired activities on the temporary files. Also compiling is several magnitudes faster when AV is disabled. This is true for any AV, not just Defender.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 build 10.0.22631.3296 (Release Channel) / Linux Mint 21.3 Cinnamon
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo A485
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700U Pro
    Motherboard
    Lenovo (WiFi/BT module upgraded to Intel Wireless-AC-9260)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU Vega 10
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
    Screen Resolution
    FHD + FHD + 1440p
    Hard Drives
    Intel 660p m.2 nVME PCIe3.0 x2 512GB
    PSU
    65W
    Keyboard
    Thinkpad / Logitech MX Keys
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Chromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    SecureBoot: Enabled
    TPM2.0: Enabled
    AMD-V: Enabled
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 build 10.0.22631.3296(Release Preview Channel)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-7700k @4.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus PRIME Z270-A
    Memory
    32GB 2x16GB 2133MHz CL15
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW 11GB
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" 10-bit Asus PB328Q
    Screen Resolution
    WQHD 2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB ADATA SX8000NP NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Cromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    AC WiFi Card
@SlicEnDicE

Defender has more impact on performance than any AV recently tested by AV Comparitives.


So please don't just gainsay.

That test is from from April this year. Latest update for WD Platform was released in December (it's not just Definitions/Security Intelligence Updates - which are released on a daily basis - the WD Platform is updated as well on a monthly basis).

There's more recent tests from Av-test.org: Test antivirus software for Windows 11 - October 2023 - with the following performance stats:

Windows Defender
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Malware Bytes
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Bit Defender
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Avira
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Avast
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As can be seen above - at least with October Version - Windows Defender has a higher performance impact "on installing popular apps" . Tho, once the app is installed (deemed safe) - has a 4% impact on Launching the software (which is lower than most) - 17% on launching a popular website (which again - has around the same impact or lower compared to other popular apps).

That being said, unless you're an avid software tester - who keeps installing & reinstalling dozens of apps on a daily basis (or archiving & extracting) - lower performance shouldn't be an issue. Based on above stats - it's actually doing better than most - from a practical point of view (the performance impact it has on a daily use).
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 SP 16 (or Windows 11 SP 2 or Sun Valley 2)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    Intel & AMD
    Memory
    SO-DIMM SK Hynix 15.8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4-2666 (2 x 8 GB) 1329MHz (19-19-19-43)
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia RTX 2060 6GB Mobile GPU (TU106M)
    Sound Card
    Onbord Realtek ALC1220
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1x Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB / 1x Seagate Expansion ST1000LM035 1TB
Don't get too cocky! What might happen if you get a virus infection that stays out of sight, harvesting your data for weeks, even months?
That's why I don't rely on Windows Security nor on any third party AV/internet security suite to protect my critical data. Like I earlier said, I also use Sandboxie-Plus along with knowledge and experience regarding the provenance and regarding what filetypes can or cannot contain executable/script code that runs when opening the files in question. The part of my data that truly is critical is all work related, it doesn't even come into contact with Windows anyway in the first place. Ever. My work system is completely separate from the laptop you see in my specs. The policy does not allow to disclose any technical details about the work system so, that's why I haven't added it in my specs. (The fact that Windows is not suitable for the job due to security reasons should be trivial so, the policy does allow to mention that the work system isn't running Windows of course... lol)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
Guys, before ranting about AV and which one is the best, you should stop running your Windows user profile with admin privileges. I know most of you, of not all, do and that is one of the biggest security concerns.

You don't run Linux as ROOT either...do you?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 build 10.0.22631.3296 (Release Channel) / Linux Mint 21.3 Cinnamon
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo A485
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700U Pro
    Motherboard
    Lenovo (WiFi/BT module upgraded to Intel Wireless-AC-9260)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU Vega 10
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
    Screen Resolution
    FHD + FHD + 1440p
    Hard Drives
    Intel 660p m.2 nVME PCIe3.0 x2 512GB
    PSU
    65W
    Keyboard
    Thinkpad / Logitech MX Keys
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Chromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    SecureBoot: Enabled
    TPM2.0: Enabled
    AMD-V: Enabled
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 build 10.0.22631.3296(Release Preview Channel)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-7700k @4.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus PRIME Z270-A
    Memory
    32GB 2x16GB 2133MHz CL15
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW 11GB
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" 10-bit Asus PB328Q
    Screen Resolution
    WQHD 2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB ADATA SX8000NP NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Cromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    AC WiFi Card
Guys, before ranting about AV and which one is the best, you should stop running your Windows user profile with admin privileges. I know most of you, of not all, do and that is one of the biggest security concerns.

You don't run Linux as ROOT either...do you?
You should run a poll to see how many sign in with a user account. I have one Admin and one User account and normally sign in with the user account.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 OS build 22631.3810
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Swift SF114-34
    CPU
    Pentium Silver N6000 1.10GHz
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD
    Cooling
    fanless
    Internet Speed
    13Mbps
    Browser
    Brave, Edge or Firefox
    Antivirus
    Webroot Secure Anywhere
    Other Info
    System 3

    ASUS T100TA Transformer
    Processor Intel Atom Z3740 @ 1.33GHz
    Installed RAM 2.00 GB (1.89 GB usable)
    System type 32-bit operating system, x64-based processor

    Edition Windows 10 Home
    Version 22H2 build 19045.3570
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.2506
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Mini 210-1090NR PC (bought in late 2009!)
    CPU
    Atom N450 1.66GHz
    Memory
    2GB
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