Does the Symantec Antivirus 10.2 installation disable Windows Defender by default?

Article:TECH102576  |  Created: 2007-01-04  |  Updated: 2007-01-04  |  Article URL
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You are performing a silent installation of Symantec Antivirus 10.2 and want to know if this will disable Windows Defender.

Vista RTM, SAV 10.2


By default a Symantec Antivirus installation using the Client Remote Install tool will disable Windows Defender.

To leave Windows Defender enabled:
    1. Using Windows Explorer navigate to SAV\CLT-INST\WIN32
    2. Right click vpremote.dat and open it with notepad
    3. Change DISABLEDEFENDER="1" to "0"

Options for the DISABLEDEFENDER switch are listed here:
    • DISABLEDEFENDER=1 (Disable Windows Defender)
    • DISABLEDEFENDER=0 (Do not disable Windows Defender)

The default setting is: Disable Windows Defender=1 The MSI_FAQ.txt within 10.2 Docs folder describes an MSI switch to disable Windows Defender for a Microsoft Vista installation. The DISABLEDEFENDER switch is used to disable Windows Defender.

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