[FAQ] Can ReHIPS be registered in Windows Security Center?

Started by fixer, November 05, 2018, 12:04:24 PM

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You probably heard about Windows Security Center. Among other things it controls whether your PC is firewalled and protected with an antivirus and an antispyware and either nags you that you're in danger or enables something default like Windows Defender. It allows other software to register there, in other words to interface with it to report that the software is responsible for example for antivirus protection. So can ReHIPS do it? Yes it can and it did register as antivirus and antispyware, but later (from version 2.2.0) this functionality was removed. Why, it doesn't protect from viruses? No, ReHIPS does provide antivirus and antispyware protection, the reason behind this is different. When a third-party software is registered in Windows Security Center and reports that it's OK and running, default built-in Windows Defender is disabled. This was done most likely for performance considerations for their functions not to overlap, maybe to avoid possible conflicts. But ReHIPS doesn't have any signatures, it doesn't scan files for malware, it operates in a different way, so it's OK to have ReHIPS and Windows Defender at the same time, they operate differently and nothing overlaps. So we decided to simply remove ReHIPS registration, this way Windows Defender stays working.