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Windows 7: Windows Defender

04 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows Defender

Hi all.

I've never used Windows Defender until it came on this new Windows 7 computer. It never really appears to be doing anything unless I manually open it.

I am of the impression that the program should be running in the system tray but it's not there.

Anyhow, I did a Windows update check and there was an update for definitions for this program. Subsequently, I didn't download the update and then opened up Defender to do the update through the program itself since I was already wondering about it's functional state.

When I checked for a definitions update through the program it returned an error found notification that said "error found: 0x80240016. An unexpected problem occured while checking for updates.For information on installing or troubleshooting ubdates see Help and support."

So basically, I checked the link to help and support and it said that the program is updated through Windows update. That's fine but shouldn't I be able to update the thing through it's own interface? I mean the function is there, in the program but it just returns that error.

I'm still wondering why Windows defender doesn't show up at statup in the tray though. How do I know it's actually doing anything?

For now, I did the definitions update through windows update but I'm still wondering why the program isn't in the tray at startup and whether or not it's actually running real time protection.

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04 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

What antivirus are you running? MSE disables defender (because defender's functions are included in MSE). In any case defender runs in the background and normally its icon doesnt appear in the tray.

If you're not running MSE and want to use defender, make sure its box is checked in the MSCONFIG startup tab. Also, open defender, go to Tools-Options and select to Always show the icon in the system tray.

In any case, dont depend too much on defender for your security needs, there are much better products out there both free and paid.
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04 Mar 2011   #3

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

in my opinion and of most of the security systems you use you do not need to run windows defender because of con- flicks what security are you using please? mine is turned off in services.
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04 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'm using avast! version 6, MBAM free version so it's not running in realtime protection. I have to scan manually. Spywareblaster and msvp hosts file.

I have heard that Windows Defender wasn't that good but since it comes with the os I figgered it must be OK.

After a restart, I noticed that when I opened up Defender that it said that there was a problem and it wasn't running so i had to click the enable button.It's a new computer s i don't get what's up with the thing.

Ity also came with a webroot personal security antivirus with spysweeper but i didn't install it because I don't want it conflicting with avast! and i haven't heard too many great things about it either.

I don't want to use spybot or ad-aware or anything because they arent that good these days and conflict with avast!.

If i must disable Windows defender, what is the best way to do so in a thorough and complete manner?
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04 Mar 2011   #5

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

go to services and right click on windows defender and click properties and turn windows defender to DISABLED in the start up type.


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04 Mar 2011   #6

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

have you windows firewall enabled? because most security use there own have you thought of using Microsoft security essentials this is free and works ok LINK >>> http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ widows defender is not required with this.

Quote:
About Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
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04 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
go to services and right click on windows defender and click properties and turn windows defender to DISABLED in the start up type.
Yes, I did figure that out. I disabled Defender through the administator option in the user interface and then disabled it through services.

This Windows 7 really isn't much different than XP, i'm noticing.

Thanks.
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04 Mar 2011   #8

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seven8nine View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
go to services and right click on windows defender and click properties and turn windows defender to DISABLED in the start up type.
Yes, I did figure that out. I disabled Defender through the administator option in the user interface and then disabled it through services.

This Windows 7 really isn't much different than XP, i'm noticing.

Thanks.
no problem hope you stay safe with what you choose to protect your system
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04 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
have you windows firewall enabled? because most security use there own have you thought of using Microsoft security essentials this is free and works ok LINK >>> http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ widows defender is not required with this.

Quote:
About Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

Yes, I thought about it but probably won't install that. avast! is a great anti-virus so I don't want anything conflicting with it. The only way that I'll stop using avast! is if they wrap themselves up with Google more than I'm comfortable with.
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04 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Forgot to mention that yes, the firewall is on.Thanks for the help, btw.
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