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Does Immunet Work With Windows Defender?

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It works perfectly. My recommendation is to leave Windows Defender active and then add Immunet as they seem to partner very well. Windows Defender will handle off-line malware detection, so you do not need to enable the ClamAV option within Immunet.  

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If you want to use Immunet as a companion AV to another product, if it's Defender or some other AV solution, don't forget to add an exclusion/exception rule for Immunet's Program Files folder to the other AV. Also add an exclusion rule for Defender's Program Files folder for Immunet. By doing this you can avoid potential future conflicts because the programs will recognize each other as safe applications.

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It works perfectly. My recommendation is to leave Windows Defender active and then add Immunet as they seem to partner very well. Windows Defender will handle off-line malware detection, so you do not need to enable the ClamAV option within Immunet.  

That makes sense. Thank you.

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If you want to use Immunet as a companion AV to another product, if it's Defender or some other AV solution, don't forget to add an exclusion/exception rule for Immunet's Program Files folder to the other AV. Also add an exclusion rule for Defender's Program Files folder for Immunet. By doing this you can avoid potential future conflicts because the programs will recognize each other as safe applications.

I did just that but there's a question I want to ask.

 

Normally after the installation of a third-party antivirus software, Windows Defender turns off automatically, but after I installed Immunet, Windows Defender is still enabled.

 

Is that a normal behavior?

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If you want to use Immunet as a companion AV to another product, if it's Defender or some other AV solution, don't forget to add an exclusion/exception rule for Immunet's Program Files folder to the other AV. Also add an exclusion rule for Defender's Program Files folder for Immunet. By doing this you can avoid potential future conflicts because the programs will recognize each other as safe applications.

I have added Immunet's Program Files folder to the excluded list of Windows Defender and vice versa, but I didn't understand the part about the exception rule that you referred to.

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I did just that but there's a question I want to ask.

 

Normally after the installation of a third-party antivirus software, Windows Defender turns off automatically, but after I installed Immunet, Windows Defender is still enabled.

 

Is that a normal behavior?

 

In this particular case, yes, that is normal behavior. The result is a light and thorough combination that I think you will enjoy. 

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I have added Immunet's Program Files folder to the excluded list of Windows Defender and vice versa, but I didn't understand the part about the exception rule that you referred to.

I believe you have followed the instructions correctly as you just needed to make sure that each was not scanning the other's folder. 

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I believe you have followed the instructions correctly as you just needed to make sure that each was not scanning the other's folder. 

Like I said, I've already added the appropriate Programs Files folders to the relevant exclusions as advised, so that neither of the antivirus software scans the other's files

 

I just want to know about the exception rule that ritchie58 was talking about in his post. Is it a firewall rule?

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The exception rule I mentioned was for Defender & Immunet only. Actually though, when first installing Immunet your firewall may ask you to create allow rules for Immunet's processes which is sfc.exe & iptray.exe.

Defender is different for Windows10. It will not automatically disable as previous versions did when a third-party AV is installed. Some folks that decided not to use Defender have reported having difficulty manually disabling it with Win 10. 

Cheers, Ritchie...

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If you want to use Immunet as a companion AV to another product, if it's Defender or some other AV solution, don't forget to add an exclusion/exception rule for Immunet's Program Files folder to the other AV. Also add an exclusion rule for Defender's Program Files folder for Immunet. By doing this you can avoid potential future conflicts because the programs will recognize each other as safe applications.

Never even thought of that. Thanks for the info :)

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If you're using an older version of Windows besides Win 10, Defender; by default, is supposed to disable itself if a third-party AV is installed. That's normal behavior. Immunet can be used as a companion AV to most major vendor's AV solutions. I use it along side of Panda AV myself.

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Ok, I have had Windows 10 installed, with Windows Defender and Immunet 6.0.2 running fine together for months.  Then all of a sudden, I noticed Windows Defender is turned off, because of another antivirus being installed.

 

I upgraded to Immunet 6.0.4, but no joy, Windows Defender will not turn on due to another antivirus being installed.

 

So, something seems to have changed.....

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Win10Ent Build 1703 user here reporting what I've noticed after today's testing compatibility in regards to Windows Defender & Immunet.

 

After updating to Build 1703 I noticed  that Windows Defender stops doing real-time protection and Windows starts reporting Immunet in system notifications as the system antivirus. However this seems to be by design for Windows Defender and Windows as noted here in the a recent MS page for Windows Defender Security Center app

 

 

If you switch Real-time protection off, it will automatically turn back on after a short delay. This is to ensure you are protected from malware and threats.
If you install another antivirus product, Windows Defender AV will automatically disable itself and will indicate this in the Windows Defender Security Center app. A setting will appear that will allow you to enable limited periodic scanning.

 

 

I have version 6.0.4.10585 installed.

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Ok, I have had Windows 10 installed, with Windows Defender and Immunet 6.0.2 running fine together for months.  Then all of a sudden, I noticed Windows Defender is turned off, because of another antivirus being installed.

 

I upgraded to Immunet 6.0.4, but no joy, Windows Defender will not turn on due to another antivirus being installed.

 

So, something seems to have changed.....

Ok, today the "Creators" Windows 10 update installed on my computer, and after reboot Windows Defender and Immunet 6.0.4 are happy with each other again! 

Windows Defender icon in the tray has the green check mark again, and when I open WD, I have green checks across the board. 

Wow...

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