Added December 12th, 2006
Windows Defender Frequently Asked
Following are several very
common questions asked concerning the Windows Defender
Question: What is the difference between Windows
Defender and Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)?
Answer: Windows Defender is the next version of
Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware. There are several
improvements that originated from customer input.
Question: What is Windows Defender?
Answer: This program is a security technology that
defends against spyware and other unwanted software.
Windows Defender prevents slow computer performance,
unwanted changes to Internet settings, pop-up ads and
keeps your private information from being used without
your permission. It keeps your Internet browsing safe
and prevents spyware from entering your computer.
Question: How does Windows Defender work?
Answer: After installation of Windows Defender you can
instantly scan for detection of any unwanted program or
spyware that may have infected your computer. Scans can
be scheduled at your convenience and be set to remove
any threats found or have them quarantined
automatically. At any time if any unwanted software
attempts to install itself or run on your computer, you
will be notified and Windows Defender will assist you in
what action to take. It receives automatic updates,
keeping it up on all the latest threats.
Question: What does Windows Defender cost? How
much for the final release?
Answer: Current Windows customers will not be
charged for subsequent beta versions or the final
release version. You will have to validate that you are
using genuine Windows through a fast and simple online
process that verifies your copy.
Question: What are the system requirements?
Processor: Intell Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) or higher
processor; Pentium III recommended.
Operating system: Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, or
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or later.
Memory: 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM minimum; 128 MB RAM is
Must have Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.
Disk Space: Hard disk space required is 20 MB.
Must have Internet access of at least 28.8 Kbps
Windows Installer version 3.1 or higher.
Will not run on Windows 98/ME/NT/2000
Question: Why is Windows 2000 not supported
Answer: Windows Defender was created mainly for
consumers. Windows 2000 is not used much by them so
support ended at the end of June in 2005.
Question: Does the Windows Defender included
with Windows Vista have any additional protection?
Answer: Yes, more security and performance
enhancements have been added. Windows Defender has the
option to scan only changed files, scan files as they
run and run under a security-enhanced account. If you
have IE 7 you can scan files as they are being
Question: Does Microsoft have any other security
technology besides Windows Defender?
Answer: Yes, they have several different security
technologies available. You can find additional
information at this Microsoft website:
This site compares Windows Defender to other
anti-spyware and anti-virus technologies.
Question: What is Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware
Answer: This was the previous name of Windows
Question: Where do I get the latest version of
Answer: You can get it from the Microsoft
Question: How do I know which version of Windows
Defender I have?
Answer: open the program, click on the drop-down
box menu besides the help icon, and then click on “About
Windows Defender”. The number that appears in the box
that opens is the version number.
Question: Am I required to register Windows
Answer: No. This program does not require
Question: Do I have to participate in the Windows
Genuine Advantage program?
Answer: Yes. It is required that you can verify
that you are using genuine Windows through a simple and
fast online process called validation.
Question: Can I get Windows Defender on CD-ROM?
Answer: No. Windows Defender is available only at
the Microsoft Download Center. It is included with
Hopefully this has answered many of the questions you
may have had concerning Microsofts Defender Anti-spyware
package. If there is anything else you want to know
about this software please go to Windows Defender home