Hi Security Experts,
I've been using MSE and MBAM on W7 for many years, both with real-time protection enabled. They play nicely together and, as far as I can tell, they're providing good anti-virus/anti-malware protection.
My understanding is that Windows Defender in the current W10 (1909) is a significantly improved product. For home computers (not on a domain), do you think that WD by itself is sufficient protection or would it be better to run MBAM (with real-time protection), too?
Btw, while doing some web research before posting this, I saw that some folks are recommending MBAM without real-time protection, that is, run MBAM manually every so often (or when there's a problem) to check up on WD. But I'm wondering if it's OK to run MBAM with its real-time protection — will that conflict with WD? Thanks, Joe
So to the main point of your question, generally two security programs will not play well together. So you are lucky that it has worked for you so far. I would not recommend it going forward because the two could conflict with other and cause something to be missed and you would never know.
Having said that, Windows Defender works very well on its own in a standalone situation. Paid for product are usually better than free products, of course.