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Kudos0

Windows Defender - the final word needed

Lately, as I've been installing various apps, Windows Defender Firewall has interceded and stopped the process, even though I have Norton Security installed. 

Am I correct in assuming that Norton Security takes over all Windows security tasks, and that I can switch off Windows Defender?  If so, why has Norton left it switched on?  Can I switch it off (see attached PDF)?  There seems to be no clear statement on this in the forums, even though it's a simple issue.

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Kudos0

Re: Windows Defender - the final word needed

Hello Jack, this is how to post a screenshot in lieu of a pdf file. It goes directly into your feed post. This Microsoft article describes how to turn off WD. Additionally, you can also disable WD in the group policy editor as well which disables scanning of downloaded files. Simplistically said Norton doesn't "leave WD enabled" as it is hard coded into Windows 10. Added note: Windows defender firewall WILL remain as a running service as it is needed for Windows Updates to function. The service cannot be disabled and will have no bearing on the Norton firewall performing its duties as it should. When a 3rd party A/V solution is installed, and if it is correctly installed W10 sees the registry settings and disables certain functions of WD. In Windows 10 version 1803 on some installed manually disabling the firewall and periodic scans in the rule of the day. Please see my screenshots below:

Note: Norton security is doing the file scanning and periodic scanning is set to OFF in this screenshot. I have chosen this setting to avoid conflicts and confusion.

In the second screenshot Norton has taken over the firewall function in general. Check your W10 security center settings and reboot. Please let us know if this solved your issue.

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows Server 2016 Essentials / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1909 / build 18363.476 / N360 Deluxe 22.19.9.63 / Norton Core v.288 on Android 2.22 / Opera GX
Kudos0

Re: Windows Defender - the final word needed

Thanks for the response.  My screens look exactly like yours.  But clicking on Private Network in the second screen, enables me to switch off Windows Defender Firewall.  I did so yesterday, and now there is no switch, and  the message "the Private firewall is off" is displayed  In the next level up (your lower screen), I get a green dot and the message "No actions needed", just like in your image.  Is this situation acceptable?  It seems to be, given the message and green dot.

I raised the issue originally, because Windows Defender kept sending me warning notices when installing apps, something which (a) had never happened before and (b) got me thinking "Hey - isn't Norton looking after this stuff?  If I have Norton security looking after my interests (which it does effectively) why do I need the Windows Police?"

Kudos0

Re: Windows Defender - the final word needed

Hello Jack. Your settings are the way they should be. Norton has firewall level protection on your system. Reboot the system to make the changes permanent. Monitor and let us know if things are the way you want them to be.

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows Server 2016 Essentials / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1909 / build 18363.476 / N360 Deluxe 22.19.9.63 / Norton Core v.288 on Android 2.22 / Opera GX

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