Windows 10: Defender in Passive Mode?

Discus and support Defender in Passive Mode? in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; I installed Avast (free version) on my new pc because I have had good success with Avast on my Mac for years. I have repeatedly read that if... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by battlezone, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. Defender in Passive Mode?


    I installed Avast (free version) on my new pc because I have had good success with Avast on my Mac for years.

    I have repeatedly read that if third-party AV software is installed, Defender will automatically be disabled. This does not appear to be the case because in the System Tray I have the Defender Icon showing with a green checkmark. If I click the Defender icon the Defender Security Center opens and I get green checkmarks across the board.

    I googled and found information about Defender's "Passive Mode," but I don't know if that's what's going on:

    Windows Defender Antivirus compatibility with other security products | Microsoft Docs

    I also found information about Defender not turning off even when third-party AV software is installed.:

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/window...l-not-turn-off

    I would like to know if Defender is in Passive Mode, which I suppose is okay, or if it is running, and if so, what to do about it.

    :)
     
    battlezone, Feb 16, 2018
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  2. Windows Defender

    What was the antivirus program you are using?

    "However, on endpoints and devices that are protected with a non-Microsoft antivirus or anti-malware app, Windows Defender AV will automatically disable itself. You can then choose to enable an optional, limited protection
    feature, called limited periodic scanning.

    If you are also using Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, then Windows Defender AV will enter a passive mode."

    See this "Windows Defender Antivirus compatibility" matrix: Windows Defender Antivirus compatibility with other security products
     
    GreySkyPine, Feb 16, 2018
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  3. Lumia Display Dock and HDMI to VGA adapter

    just to understand some constraints:

    • HDMI is electrically compatible with DVI
    • DP outputs from most PCs have an HDMI compatibility mode that allows for:
      • DP-to-HDMI passive adapters [passive means it just uses wiring (no ICs) between the connectors]
      • DP-to-DVI passive adapters
    • In contrast, the USB Type-C output on the Lumia 950XL/950 phone and the DP output on the Display Dock do not have HDMI compatibility mode. To drive HDMI, DVI (or VGA), they require active adapters incorporating bridge ICs. The tipoff is usually that such
      an adapter costs $20-$40 instead of ~$10 for a passive adapter. There’s no good way to tell active versus passive other than by part # and spec.
     
    Jesse Vaught, Feb 16, 2018
    #3
  4. dalchina New Member

    Defender in Passive Mode?

    dalchina, Feb 16, 2018
    #4
  5. That icon is not for Windows Defender, but for Defender Security Center.

    When you click on Virus & threat protection, you should see, that Avast is up and running.
     
    TairikuOkami, Feb 16, 2018
    #5
  6. I thank you both for your replies.

    I know that Avast is up and running. As for the remaining Defender functions, should I leave them be or should I disable them, or is there an advantage to them running?
     
    battlezone, Feb 16, 2018
    #6
  7. TairikuOkami, Feb 16, 2018
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  8. Defender in Passive Mode?

    Thank you. I have turned Periodic Scanning on. The other protection settings seem to be mostly set to "on" by default.
     
    battlezone, Apr 5, 2018
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