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Added December 12th, 2006
Windows Defender Frequently Asked Questions
 
Following are several very common questions asked concerning the Windows Defender anti-spyware program.
 
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?
 
Answer:
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 recommended.
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 connection.
Windows Installer version 3.1 or higher.
Will not run on Windows 98/ME/NT/2000
 
Question:  Why is Windows 2000 not supported anymore?
 
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 downloaded.
 
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: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/ 
This site compares Windows Defender to other anti-spyware and anti-virus technologies.
 
Question: What is Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)?
 
Answer: This was the previous name of Windows Defender.
 
Question: Where do I get the latest version of Windows Defender?
 
Answer: You can get it from the Microsoft Download Center:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx 
 
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 Defender?
 
Answer: No. This program does not require registration.
 
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 Windows Vista.
 
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 page at:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/

 

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