HI I was wondering if I could ask some simple questions. Now bare in mind I am suppose to get a laptop that has windows 8 on it just windows 8 no preview. I was wanting to now honestly please how can I uninstall Microsoft antivirus to make sure that when I install avast free on Windows 8 that I do not get a bunch of problems.
I was also wondering will avast free 8.0.1489 will it work on Windows 8 laptop without any problems at all?
I was also wanting to now can I disable Windows Defender forever in windows 8 so it does not interfere with Avast 8 free as well?
The reason I want to uninstall Microsoft antivirus from Windows 8 is simple I do not have much trust in microsoft as a antivirus company and I do not like defender so I would like to disable it forever on Windows 8 is it a risk to disable windows defender in Windows 8?
Sorry all the questions I have never used Windows 8 before so that is why I wanted to ask some questions about avast free for Windows 8
Glad to have you back.
As far as Windows Defender goes, you either manually disable it first or it automatically disables itself when a third-party antivirus program begins to install. Much different sort of program from the predecessor, Microsoft Security Essentials.
Not possible to uninstall it in Windows 8 as it was not designed to ever be uninstalled, only disabled. Rationale for this is simple: Every copy of Windows 8 that goes out the door this way with an a/v already installed, and active, on it so as to protect the system and the operating system. So, it is more or less built into the operating system, unlike third-party a/v's.
Interestingly, MSE remains very popular as an a/v choice, whilst WD in W8 only has about 25% retention rate.