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Does VSE 8.8 Patch 10 disable Windows Defender AV?


By reading this link that was posted previously,

It seems like VSE does not replace Windows Defender AV? Or is my understanding wrong?


Which option is the correct understanding?

1. When VSE is installed, Windows Defender will stay active but Windows Defender AV will be disabled.

2. When VSE is installed, Windows Defender is disabled. 


The reason why I am asking this is because with VSE replacing Windows Defender AV, extra security features from Fall Creators Update cannot be utilized. Example, Windows Defender Exploit Guard, which has "Attack Surface Reduction", "Network Protection" and "Controlled Folder Access" all these features requires Windows Defender AV and Real-time protection to be enabled for it.

Without Windows Defender AV, these features are disabled. 

So I am in a dilemma between, VSE 8.8 or Windows Defender AV + extra features


Anyone have this same issue?

Thank you.



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Re: Does VSE 8.8 Patch 10 disable Windows Defender AV?


 VSE is categorized as a Third Party Anti-virus product by Microsoft and therefore effectively replaces Windows Defender AV. 

 KB71578 covers how Windows defender will self-disable. 

Specific to Windows 10, version 1703 and later
Microsoft describes the behavior here:

"For example, using a third-party antivirus will disable Windows Defender Antivirus. However, the Windows Defender Security Center app will still run, show its icon in the taskbar, and display information about the other features, such as Windows Defender SmartScreen and Windows Defender Firewall."

hope that helps


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