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Windows 7: If you didn't install Microsoft Security Essentials Do you have this

12 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
If you didn't install Microsoft Security Essentials Do you have this

If you didn't install Microsoft Security Essentials Do you have this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender

Cause I have this as a leftover after I uninstalled MSE and don't know if it was there before.

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12 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit.
 
 

Windows defender comes with any Windows operating system.
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12 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brady A View Post
Windows defender comes with any Windows operating system.
So every Windows 7 machine has the Windows Defender Key regardless of MSE installed?
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12 Dec 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Big123,

Yes, that is correct.

When you install MSE, it only turns off Windows Defender and sets MSE to be the default program instead.
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12 Dec 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The MSE and Defender processes are the same (MsMpEng.exe - if I remember right). When you uninstall MSE, it defaults to Defender. Nothing to worry about.

Hmm, Shawn beat me to it - LOL.
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12 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The MSE and Defender processes are the same (MsMpEng.exe - if I remember right). When you uninstall MSE, it defaults to Defender. Nothing to worry about.

Hmm, Shawn beat me to it - LOL.
Your right about it reverting back to Defender. But no it doesn't use the memory hogging process, (MsMpEng.exe).
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12 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brady A View Post
Windows defender comes with any Windows operating system.
Thanks for reminding me of that! I forgot about that!
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12 Dec 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigg123 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The MSE and Defender processes are the same (MsMpEng.exe - if I remember right). When you uninstall MSE, it defaults to Defender. Nothing to worry about.

Hmm, Shawn beat me to it - LOL.
Your right about it reverting back to Defender. But no it doesn't use the memory hogging process, (MsMpEng.exe).
Quote:
The msmpeng.exe process is used by the Microsoft Windows Defender to perform spyware scanning procedure
Source: http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/files/msmpeng/
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