Trying to install Avira on my moms laptop.

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  1. Aijelsop
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    She has Vista, and it says I should disable Windows Defender.

    Is Windows Defender anti-virus or anti-spyware?

    Should I disable it to install Avira? Is it worth it?

    (She doesn't have current anti-virus, only Windows Defender)

    Also, can I install Malwarebytes with it too? Or can I only use Windows Defender?
     
  2. Rydian

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    Windows Defender is anti-spyware, but I suggest you uninstall it because it's being phased out (in favor of Microsoft Security Essentials), and yeah Malwarebytes as a replacement is a good idea.
     
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    Alright.

    Would I uninstall it, or just disable it?
     
  4. ihackedit

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    Uninstall it as Rydian said, it's being phased out.
     
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    Alright.
     
  6. sweenish

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    MSE is much better than avira, and you also don't need to install anything with it. runs lightweight, is crazy effective, and doesn't get in the way.

    i would only install microsoft security essentials. gooogle around if you don't believe me on this one.
     
  7. Aijelsop
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    Maybe... I might go with Avira tho. Microsoft products tend not to be the best...
     
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    Amen to that. AVG2011 Full + Online Armor. Never failed me. (AVG is horrible, OA does all the work)
     
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    Lol.
     
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    You obviously didn't Google around....check AVComparatives and you'll see that the Avira Antivir Premium suite is an excellent bit of software which outperforms MSE.
     
  11. sweenish

    sweenish GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    you obviously don't get that one product is paid, and the other is not.

    among free anti-virus solutions, MSE is one of the best. and it's very resource frugal, which avira is NOT.
     
  12. Aijelsop
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    How do I uninstall Windows Defender?
     
  13. Narayan

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    open control panel, then programs, uninstall a program and find the win defender. or you could use these: http://download.cnet.com/utilities-starter...rb_content;main
     
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    It doesn't show up on Programs and Features?
     
  15. Narayan

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    use plan b. the uninstallers. or maybe you don't have it anymore.
     
  16. Aijelsop
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    It's still there, so I know I have it, but okay I'll try the other programs.
     
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    i'm well aware of the free version, but if you actually read the post i replied to, the free version was NOT referenced. avira free and avira premium perform differently, as should be expected.
     
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    When opening the Uninstall/install window, there is a button on the left with 'Select Windows features' or something like that (I own a Dutch Windows 7 copy). Search For Windows Defender and uncheck it if it is in the list.
     
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    No. The post you made said MSE was much better than Avira Antivir implying performance....no mention of pricing at all. Therefore you seem to be recommending a poorer performing utility to someone who already has the license.
     
  20. sweenish

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    YOU were the one who brought up avira premium. not me. put your glasses on and read the thread again. when i mentioned it, i was referring to the free version. implicitly, but still. to assume i was comparing a paid anti-virus with a free one is your error, and not mine.