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Windows 7: Windows defender keeps bugging me...

07 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Windows 7 Ultimate Defender

I have just installed Windows 7 Ultimate, and I want to ensure that my PC is protected. When I check Defender it says it is turned off. I keep trying to turn it on and it will fluctuate back and forth between on and off, so I never know if it working or not.

Can someone help me?

Thanks,

LeeM

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07 May 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeeM View Post
I have just installed Windows 7 Ultimate, and I want to ensure that my PC is protected. When I check Defender it says it is turned off. I keep trying to turn it on and it will fluctuate back and forth between on and off, so I never know if it working or not.

Can someone help me?

Thanks,

LeeM
Hello LeeM !!

I would recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for the best security

- Captain
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08 May 2010   #13

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks rvbfan, I can't believe I missed that one. Well it worked, so thanks all.
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09 May 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Windows 7 Defender

Thanks Captain Jack.
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09 May 2010   #15

Windows Home Premium (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvbfan View Post
Attachment 71402
Make sure this or anything else pertaining to defender is unchecked.
Had the same problem and it worked for me.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slughappy1 View Post
Thanks rvbfan, I can't believe I missed that one. Well it worked, so thanks all.
That suggests to me that Windows Defender is still there in the Program Files folder.

So MSE did not uninstall Defender properly?
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10 May 2010   #16

Windows 7
 
 

From what I understood MSE does not uninstall Defender. It is just supposed to turn it completely off. Which it failed to do. What is weird is that fact that MSE did in fact work properly for a while. Defender just randomly started telling me it wasn't started. Then a clean install of MSE didn't fix it either.
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10 May 2010   #17

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Defender cannot be uninstalled. It is built-in to Windows, and can only be disabled.
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10 May 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slughappy1 View Post
From what I understood MSE does not uninstall Defender. It is just supposed to turn it completely off. Which it failed to do. What is weird is that fact that MSE did in fact work properly for a while. Defender just randomly started telling me it wasn't started. Then a clean install of MSE didn't fix it either.
Hello !!

Try to download the Removal Tool. Download this cleanup tool from Microsoft: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=81699 (this tool is for OneCare but works with MSE also). After the tool runs if it prompts for a reboot please do so

If that fails then follow the below steps

1. Download MSE from the website and save the file on the Desktop.
2. Start Search by typing CMD and select "Run as Administrator".
3. In the Command Prompt console type: CD %USERPROFILE%\Desktop <- Hit ENTER
4. Type: msse <- then hit the TAB button.
mssefullinstall-amd64fre-en-us-vista-Windows 7.exe

6. Now put a space in between the whole line and put /U as seen below:
mssefullinstall-amd64fre-en-us-vista-Windows 7.exe /U

7. Hit ENTER and this should uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials.

After that

1. Type in services.msc in Start menu search box and hit enter. Click continue button if you are prompted with a UAC message.

2. Scroll down the services list to you see Windows Defender name. Right-click on the Windows Defender name and select Properties.

3. Under General tab, set the start up type to “Disabled” and click the Apply button to save the changes.

Then reboot and install MSE.

Hope this helps,
Captain
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