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Good morning. I have Norton AntiVirus installed on my computer and have never experienced problems with it. About a month back, I did a complete factory restore and upon setting up my system, I installed several updates, one of which being Windows Defender. I realize now that I think it was pointless to download this particular update. This morning, I'm receiving an update for Windows Defender. Since I have Norton AntiVirus installed, do I need Windows Defender as well?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6091 Mb
Graphics Card: Radeon (TM) HD 7470M, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 690153 MB, Free - 551418 MB; D: Total - 20986 MB, Free - 2267 MB; E: Total - 4054 MB, Free - 1098 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1800
Antivirus: Norton AntiVirus, Updated and Enabled

Many thanks in advance.
 

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Hi
Merry Xmas

To deal first with your earlier post to which I regret you did not receive a reply
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1078528-solved-information.html
the answers are
Processor
http://ark.intel.com/products/53452/Intel-Core-i5-2450M-Processor-3M-Cache-up-to-3_10-GHz

Dual core but hyper threading capability

therefore
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4 - that is the count for the threads

and line 6 if I read your query correctly simply means that your graphics card has 1024 or 1GB of ram
which is GDDR5 meaning Graphics double data rate - basically DDR3 but on a chip on the graphics card
http://www.amd.com/uk/Documents/AMD_Radeon_HD_7470-HD_7450_GPU_Feature_Summary.pdf


Now to deal with your present post
The short is answer is NO
However do not try to uninstall it as it is installed with the windows 7.
Simply open it click the tools and click disable
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Turn-Windows-Defender-on-or-off
same procedure on 7

That all said, if you want my best advice it is this - replace Norton, as an anti-virus - it is quite good, as a system slowdown and problem causer it is excellent

Also what is on the partition lettered D, as 21GB with only 2.2 free raises concerns, especially as in your spec it says
D: Total - 21036 MB, Free - 20945 MB
 

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I do appreciate that it was only Christmas Day, when you asked for advice, but I did reply to post within the hour and a response from you would, when you get chance of course, be greatly appreciated
 

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We would be appreciative if you could indicate HOW it was solved
Did you opt simply to disable Windiows Defender


The solution is always useful, to persons browsing the site, and of course an actual reply is always appreciated.
I hope my response to the earlier topic answered your questions.
THANKS
 

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I sincerely apologize for the confusion. One of my good friends has been working with PC's and servers for the better part of twenty years and he indicated to me that since I have a working antivirus program already installed on my PC, Norton AntiVirus, I am free and clear to disable Windows Defender. He did make me aware of the fact that in the event I don't have Norton, I should re-enable Windows Defender and accept all accompanying updates for that program.
 

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Indeed and as I said
Now to deal with your present post
The short is answer is NO
However do not try to uninstall it as it is installed with the windows 7.
Simply open it click the tools and click disable
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Turn-Windows-Defender-on-or-off
However should you at anytime cease to use Norton, which as I said I would anyway - ASAP, you should NOT rely on Windows Defender alone - on Windows 7
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Using-Windows-Defender

it is in 7, primarily an anti-spyware program.

The situation is different on Windows 8 where Windows Defender is an enhanced edition and Microsoft Security Essentials is NOT compatible
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...ble-with/023ab179-5dc3-4119-b54e-a43341ae30d8

that all said
One of my good friends has been working with PC's and servers for the better part of twenty years and he indicated to me that since I have a working antivirus program already installed on my PC, Norton AntiVirus, I am free and clear to disable Windows Defender
he will no doubt advise you, as and when you need his help
 

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So, what's the best AntiVirus program out there to date? Price is not an issue...
 

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what's the best AntiVirus
well best has a very wide meaning

IMHO the main problem regarding Norton is perhaps not its effectiveness as an antivirus, but its apparent inate ability to slow down the performance of the computer

If you look at the link in my post 3 although you will not be able to see all the results I can, as I am a member, it will give you some idea.

Generally the secret of any safe browsing and downloading is as perverse as it seems, NOT to put the AV to the test.

My favourites and again it is ONLY my opinion are
Microsoft Security Essentials for the real time protection
FREE - unobtrusive, uses fewer resources than many, regular updates and the advantage of its ability to work in conjunction with the Microsoft updates and malicious software removal tools

I see its largest most obvious benefit, as it is designed for windows, by Microsoft and RARELY if ever conflicts with any windows operations or updates
NOT something which can be said for Norton or some others.

With that I use the free Malwarebytes as a twice weekly quick scan and Super AntiSpyware also as a quick scan

I then have Web of Trust installed
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=web+of+trust&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mywot.com%2F&ei=ZfvhUIOoCIjK0QWV7oG4Dg&usg=AFQjCNFtyHNmJh4mdmgPGQ7KWmAAEqBXug&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.d2k

It uses hardly any resources and provides an immediate opinion on websites - only of course if the site has been previously evaluated.

I do not use torrents or P2P and I check any download, unless of course it is from a trusted known source.
I even check downloads offered to me on emails from friends

SO in no particular order the three most commonly recommended here are
MSE
Avast
Avira

see this for further information
http://library.techguy.org/wiki/Best_Antivirus

on there is another link that reviews some others.
I WOULD NOT use PcTools or Comodo but that is my opinion
Comodo especially I find too obtrusive.

and this excellent article by one of our Admin staff - Cookiegal
http://library.techguy.org/wiki/Cookiegal_-_Malware_Anyone?

As I said originally BEST is really a matter of opinion

If you are going to try another you must uninstall Norton from programs and features and then use the norton removal tool
https://www-secure.symantec.com/nor...roduct=home&pvid=f-home&version=1&lg=en&ct=us
 

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You asked for my advice on the Anti-virus issue
Would you kindly reply when you get chance
It is some 12 days now since you asked for the advice.
 

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I am terribly sorry Macboatmaster. I've been super busy with school and 247Fixes online academy. I am a member here on this site. I try to check it when I get the chance, but I work 12 hour days and go to school. I decided that Norton does alright for me. Thanks again for your conversation and advice.
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