Disable Windows Defender and Windows Firewall

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Disable Windows Defender and Windows Firewall

Postby drepouille » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:15 pm

In the Help Center article, "Setting Up a New Clerk Computer":
Special Note: Make sure Windows Defender and Windows Firewall are disabled before installing Sophos

The article doesn't specifically tell us HOW to disable WD and WF. I am not convinced it is necessary to disable WF, since the Sophos Firewall installation should disable WF. Right?

I can understand disabling WD, because we don't want it running any services in the background. I just wish Sophos would disable WD during installation.
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Re: Disable Windows Defender and Windows Firewall

Postby russellhltn » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:19 pm

I think for Windows Defender, you uninstall it. The Windows Firewall is easy to turn off from control panel - but I'm not sure as I'd want to. I remember at one time finding it was "on" on one machine, and that it was the one doing the blocking. I'm not sure as Sophos is worth anything. I'd sure run a scan on that machine and make sure the ports are blocked if you're going with just Sophos.
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Re: Disable Windows Defender and Windows Firewall

Postby GreyWolf68 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:57 am

In my experience, Windows Defender is usually disabled when another security program is installed. I have never found it necessary to uninstall it. In fact, I don't think it is even in the program list (Programs and Features), at least not by itself.

I can't recall the exact menu within Windows Defender, but if you go to Control Panel and select View by> Large icons or Small icons, you will see Windows Defender in the list. Clicking on it will either open it, or, if it has been disabled, tell you so.

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Re: Disable Windows Defender and Windows Firewall

Postby Biggles » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:21 am

GreyWolf68 wrote:I can't recall the exact menu within Windows Defender, but if you go to Control Panel and select View by> Large icons or Small icons, you will see Windows Defender in the list. Clicking on it will either open it, or, if it has been disabled, tell you so.

Windows Defender > Tools > Options > Administrator then untick 'Use this Program.'


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