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Can ESET smart security suite be run concurrently with Windows Defender and Windows Firewall or should Windows Defender and Windows Firewall both be disabled in favor of the ESET smart security suite? Does Smart Security Suite automatically disable the built in windows security software?

Can ESET smart security suite be run concurrently with other malware software such as Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, Spybot Search and Destroy or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or are they incompatible? Or are the malicious removal took, spybot and malwarebytes redundant and not needed? 

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It is crucial that you always keep only one real-time protection active at a time, otherwise they might clash and cause less or more severe issues with the system. After installing ESET on a system with Windows Defender, Windows automatically disables WD as soon as ESET registers in the Security Center and re-enables it after uninstalling ESET or when the license expires and the product stops updating.

If you have ESET installed, use another AV only as a second-opinion on-demand scanner, ie. make sure that no drivers are installed by the other AV. This is also an answer to your question re. MBAM or other security applications that install drivers.

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5 minutes ago, Marcos said:

It is crucial that you always keep only one real-time protection active at a time, otherwise they might clash and cause less or more severe issues with the system. After installing ESET on a system with Windows Defender, Windows automatically disables WD as soon as ESET registers in the Security Center and re-enables it after uninstalling ESET or when the license expires and the product stops updating.

If you have ESET installed, use another AV only as a second-opinion on-demand scanner, ie. make sure that no drivers are installed by the other AV. This is also an answer to your question re. MBAM or other security applications that install drivers.

Ok. So to clarify....I don't have to disable Windows Defender and Firewall, ESET does so automatically upon installation, correct? 

Again to clarify, don't install other security software like Spyware Search & Destroy or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware with realtime protection that would interfere with ESET software, correct?

And again to clarify one more point....non-realtime software like MS malicious software removal tool and offline spyware programs, they are redundant with ESET and not needed? Correct? 

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2 hours ago, bamajon1974 said:

Ok. So to clarify....I don't have to disable Windows Defender and Firewall, ESET does so automatically upon installation, correct? 

Correct. But you should verify this using Win Security Center. The below screen shot is for Win 10 1809:

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2 hours ago, bamajon1974 said:

Again to clarify, don't install other security software like Spyware Search & Destroy or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware with realtime protection that would interfere with ESET software, correct?

Correct.

2 hours ago, bamajon1974 said:

And again to clarify one more point....non-realtime software like MS malicious software removal tool and offline spyware programs, they are redundant with ESET and not needed? Correct? 

Although really not needed, running most non-realtime security software for a second opinion should cause no issues. For example, you could configure Windows Defender to perform "Periodic scanning." The only issue in this regard and possibly with other like security software is system resource usage. In the case of Windows Defender, it will load its engine at boot time which consumes quite a bit of memory although the engine is only used for its once a day periodic scanning.

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24 minutes ago, itman said:

And again to clarify one more point....non-realtime software like MS malicious software removal tool and offline spyware programs, they are redundant with ESET and not needed? Correct? 

> Although really not needed, running most non-realtime security software for a second opinion should cause no issues. For example, you could configure Windows Defender > to perform "Periodic scanning." The only issue in this regard and possibly with other like security software is system resource usage. In the case of Windows Defender, it will > load its engine at boot time which consumes quite a bit of memory although the engine is only used for its once a day periodic scanning.

Got it. In the past you could run several different spyware scanners in conjunction with an anti-virus scan for more comprehensive scans. Is that still true now? Are the additional scanners like Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, etc. redundant with ESET nowadays? I am trying to keep my system as clutter free from extra software as possible. If not, are there any additional (non-realtime scanner) programs to add in conjunction with ESET that are recommended? 

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1 hour ago, bamajon1974 said:

Are the additional scanners like Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, etc. redundant with ESET nowadays?

FYI - MSRT is downloaded and run with each Win Update monthly cumulative update as noted in the link reference posted below. Therefore, there is no need to download it separately. It is also of dubious effectiveness:

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MSRT targets prevalent malware families only. For comprehensive malware detection and removal, consider using Microsoft Safety Scanner.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

As far as Microsoft Safety Scanner which is a bootable media installation, you can create a more effective like solution using the Eset "SysRescue Live" option available in the Eset GUI Tools section.

1 hour ago, bamajon1974 said:

If not, are there any additional (non-realtime scanner) programs to add in conjunction with ESET that are recommended? 

Bottom line - Eset provides you with all the system security you need.

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