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Do you use Windows Defender or MSE? If so, do you use real-time protection?

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2 years ago#1
I started noticing my system was acting different for some reason and I noticed the "antimalware service executable" (MsMpEng.exe) running quite a bit which is taking anywhere from 50-70% of my CPU at various times.

I'm tempted to disable the real-time protection but Defender is the only program I have, besides Malewarebytes which I run once a week. I'm usually pretty safe with my browsing and haven't been infected in a few years now.
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2 years ago#2
Stupid question, but have you made sure it's been updated, with all the Windows updates as well?
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2 years ago#3
You sure you weren't in the middle of a scheduled scan?
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2 years ago#4
I use Windows Defender with MSE built in (Windows 8). Real-time protection disabled. I didn't need it and thought it could possibly interfere with some games. I have not regretted disabling it, but then again I don't do stupid things online. I also have Malwarebytes, which I run whenever I get paranoid from reading the "I have a virus somehow" topics (so maybe once every two months).
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2 years ago#5
You'll be fine. Use adblock plus and noscript in your browser. MSE... Malwarebytes once a week... you're good to go.
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2 years ago#6
Auron_59261 posted...
Stupid question, but have you made sure it's been updated, with all the Windows updates as well?

Not stupid, any question is good. And yeah, it just updated last night actually.

Knight2520 posted...
You sure you weren't in the middle of a scheduled scan?

I opened up Defender to see if one was in progress and it wasn't. Last one was this morning when I first turned it on.
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2 years ago#7
I use the Win8 Defender. Sometimes I'll turn it off because it starts scanning whenever I leave my computer for 30 seconds. Seems a little excessive to me. I also get the feeling it cramps up my games.
2 years ago#8
Real people of the master race don't use virus software because we do not need it.
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2 years ago#9
Fade2black001 posted...
Real people of the master race don't use virus software because we do not need it.


What about when you go on the adult websites.
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2 years ago#10
Fade2black001 posted...
Real people of the master race don't use virus software because we do not need it.

Well I'm most definitely not real... look at my username. Geez.
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