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Windows 7: Windows Defender every time I log in

29 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 
Windows Defender every time I log in

Lately, every time I log in to my Windows 7 pro machine, the Windows Defender dialog comes up informing me "No unwanted or harmful software detected."

I have Defender set to do an automatic daily scan, but I don't want it to notify me with a pop-up every single morning when I log in. I looked for a way in the settings tab to have it notify me only when a problem is found, but can find no such setting.

I don't necessarily want to turn off the automatic daily scan so is there another way to avoid this useless notification window?

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29 Oct 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Uninstall your current AntiVirus
Install Microsoft Security Essentials, one of the best for windows
Defender is part of MSE. Best of all worlds.
You will no longer have the Defender problem
I use MSE in conjuction with Malwarebytes, great combination.
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29 Oct 2010   #3

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Seems it has something to do with the daily scan. Just try disabling it once and see if the problem persists... Also, Is it in the start-up list (hit win key+R, type msconfig in the run box, navigate to the start-up tab)
And as rich said, you'd be better off without it. Just install MSE. Its way better...
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29 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, bear93.

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Although I like MSE and agree that it works well, I am not going to advise you to uninstall your current A/V software and install MSE unless you are looking for a change. Microsoft is not in competition with other A/V vendors but rather is providing an alternative quality product to chose from.

As to the Windows Defender notice, see the tutorial at the Seven Forums sister site, Vista Forums: Windows Defender Notification.
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29 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I agree with Corrine (as usual). Unless there is a problem with your current AV, i see no reason to switch to MSE which is a mid-range product at best. It amazes how many people on here tell others to uninstall their AV and use MSE. It's the only forum I've come across with so many MSE fanbois.
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29 Oct 2010   #6

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

I'm astounded at the amount of people that immediately dismiss all other anti-virus and outright call MSE the "best".

Unfounded tosh.

bear93, it's up to you but if you are not having any problems with your current anti-virus, there is no reason to switch.
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29 Oct 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

The members of the BSOD squad would understand the resason for my continual mention of MSE; in fact most of them are on the same bandwagon. Almost every other AV has at one time or another caused BSODs and other conflicts.
Other than this one reason, I agree with the many posters who feel that it is not necessary to change AV, unless there are significant problems with the current software.
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29 Oct 2010   #8

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
I'm astounded at the amount of people that immediately dismiss all other anti-virus and outright call MSE the "best".
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Unfounded tosh.
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bear93, it's up to you but if you are not having any problems with your current anti-virus, there is no reason to switch.
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There's nothing like dismissal of other AV's and the fan boy thing. Seeing that he's still using Windows defender, we advised to install MSE as it's enough for average users.. Just install and forget.. He can easily switch to his desired one when he wants...
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30 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k
MSE...is a mid-range product at best.
Not hardly. It is an excellent offering that has been certified right along side other top tier (paid and free) offerings by respected independent labs like,MSE should be considered as a viable solution by anyone looking for a good anti-malware solution. "Bashing" others by calling them fanbois because they like a product is really unnecessary, at best. The fact of the matter is, many people have resolved performance issues by uninstalling their fancy (often expensive) bloated security suites, enabling Windows Firewall and installing MSE. It is a simple, effective anti-malware solution that Microsoft got right this time and for that reason, is often recommended. I use it (and Windows Firewall) because I grew disenchanted with McAfee, then NIS, then ZoneAlarm, then again with AVG, then again with Comodo after each became more and more bloated and troublesome.

MSE and Windows Firewall are often recommended because they are probably the easiest to use for inexperienced and less disciplined users. They are more "set and forget" than most, and they update through Windows Update. That alone would not be good enough for recommendation if they were not effective. But it is important to note that 100s of millions of users are using Windows Firewall, and near that many are using MSE. And the vast majority of the nearly 1 Billion Windows users are using Windows Update at the default (fully automatic) settings with no problems.

That said, I agree, if your current solution is working fine for you, don't switch! After all, it is the user that is always the weakest link.

Also, I note that Windows Defender is an anti-spyware program only. It is not an anti-virus program. MSE is an anti-malware program used to protect against spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans, ect. Installing MSE usually disables Windows Defender. But after installing MSE, I would recommend uninstalling Windows Defender.

Finally, I note richc46 correctly said in reference to MSE, it was "one" of the best. He did not say it was the best. There is no product that stands out as best because no product does just one thing - and no product is best at everything.
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30 Oct 2010   #10

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
Finally, I note richc46 correctly said in reference to MSE, it was "one" of the best. He did not say it was the best.
My comment regarding "best" was in response to many other posts elsewhere on the forums.
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