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About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« on: August 02, 2019, 07:47:52 PM »
Microsoft changed the name from
Definition Update for Windows Defender Antivirus to
Security Intelligence Update for Windows Defender Antivirus.

Is it a permanent change or a one-time change? We don't know, because Microsoft did not announce the change. The most likely scenario is that it is a permanent change.


https://www.ghacks.net/2019/07/31/about-security-intelligence-updates-for-microsoft-defender/

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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2019, 09:03:54 PM »
That is curious.  The name change to Microsoft Defender has been announced.  It seems that change would have been announced at the same time.  In checking updates, I see that the first "Security Intelligence Update for Windows Defender Antivirus" was installed on July 31.


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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2019, 01:50:45 PM »
I really don't have a problem with name changes. But Microsoft already has a long history of using confusing names that often frustrates users. With that in mind, I sure wish MS would make a concerted effort to announce said name changes in advance, instead springing them on users. I don't know of anyone who likes being blindsided over security/safety issues, even when the news is good, or at least not bad.
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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2019, 04:10:14 AM »
The thing is the average user won't actually notice this and most won't even notice the name was changed to Windows security. My first update to Security Intelligence was on July the 30th.

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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2019, 04:18:07 AM »
P.S.  It is really no different than when the name was changed from Microsoft Security Essentials to Widows Defender.

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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2019, 11:02:45 AM »
If it's merely a name change, then it's not that big a deal in terms of what it's doing...
but the wording "Security Intelligence Update" had me wondering if it was implementing a change to the program's underlying files, and/or how it was analyzing/protecting one's system.

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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2019, 01:06:05 PM »
What got to me about the name change is that I identify it with the monthly update to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report.


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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2019, 02:29:12 PM »
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The thing is the average user won't actually notice this and most won't even notice the name was changed to Windows security. My first update to Security Intelligence was on July the 30th.
And for the average user, that's fine. They don't need to notice. That's the whole point of automatic Windows updates - to just let Windows do it for us. And for the most part and for the vast majority of users, that's just fine too, because it works.

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P.S.  It is really no different than when the name was changed from Microsoft Security Essentials to Widows Defender.
While similar by the fact it was a name change, the change from MSE to Windows Defender was very different. This is because then there were two very different Microsoft programs with the exact same name! Not similar names, the exact same name.

That is, there was the original "Windows Defender" which was an anti-spyware program that ran on W7 and earlier Windows. And there was "Windows Defender", the anti-malware program that came integrated with W8 and W10. Two different programs with the exact same name.
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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2019, 02:45:04 PM »
Hard to believe that people actually get paid the BIG bucks to confuse us by changing things.

I have to edit the content I share with my trainees about the history of WD and it's updates. You'd be surprised how few millenials know that WD was once just an anti-spyware software... 
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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2019, 04:01:55 PM »
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Hard to believe that people actually get paid the BIG bucks to confuse us by changing things.
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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2019, 06:19:10 PM »
Going a bit off topic but Microsoft Security Essentials is available for Windows 7 users and I wonder what will happen when Windows 7 reaches EoL


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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2019, 11:01:17 AM »
If it goes the way it did with XP, the database will be updated for a time then you'll get this dire warning on your desktop, about not being protected. Since it rarely found anything, I didn't feel too bad turning protection off and no longer seeing the message. Malwarebytes is still being updated. On the few times I fire up XP (like when there was a special security patch in May 2019 for BlueKeep), one of the first things I do is update malwarebytes.

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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2019, 12:28:04 PM »
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Going a bit off topic but Microsoft Security Essentials is available for Windows 7 users and I wonder what will happen when Windows 7 reaches EoL
That's a good question. My "guess" is MS will keep MSE alive in order to keep those W7 holdouts who are using MSE in the MS camp. MS does not want those MSE users migrating to Avast, Kaspersky, or Norton.

I would not be surprised, however, if MS does not change the name of MSE to, IDK, "Microsoft Defender Standalone" ?  ::)
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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2019, 06:40:37 PM »
Going a bit off topic but Microsoft Security Essentials is available for Windows 7 users and I wonder what will happen when Windows 7 reaches EoL

If memory serves, Windows Defender on Windows 7 is an antimalware product only.
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Re: About: Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2019, 06:46:41 PM »
Yes, your memory is correct.  It is antimalware only on Windows 7 but is disabled when MSE is installed.


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