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Windows 7: Windows Defender updates

19 May 2010   #1
acooldozen

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Windows Defender updates

Why does Windows Defender not update weekly? Must you be enrolled in SpyNet first?
There are daily updates available through CoU,
(Calendar Of Updates)
Two machines do not get the weekly updates, Desktop & Laptop both with 7 Ultimate.


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19 May 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Are you using MSE? It will shut off defender.
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19 May 2010   #3
Bill2

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

If you are not using MSE and using defender, try the following solutions.

1) Click start > All programs > windows updates> change settings > uncheck Automatic Updates, Uncheck Recommended Updates and uncheck use Microsoft Update Service. This will switch from Microsoft Update back to using Windows Update.

Reboot. If it works for you fine, you can now reset the update settings to as they were earlier.

2) Boot into safe mode. Find the folder named Software Distribution (Its located in C:\Windows).
Rename SoftwareDistribution to SoftwareDistribution.old OR Delete all its contents. Reboot. Now try to update Defender.

3) There is also a download from Microsoft (Vista/XP). This actually FORCES defender to update.

Save it to your desktop.'Run As Administrator' this mpas-fe.exe.
When the definition file runs, a file extraction dialog box appears. After the file extraction dialog box closes, verify that the Windows Defender definitions have been updated.

http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...es/mpas-fe.exe
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19 May 2010   #4
acooldozen

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thank you.....tried the above, No change. No windows MSE. But am using Outpost Firewall along with Nod32 v4

The mpas-fe.exe is available daily on Calendar of Updates, it works fine. Not the solution I was looking for though!
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19 May 2010   #5
Bill2

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

Try this:

Run CMD as Admin, then type the following commands. Press ENTER after each command:

net stop wuauserv
net start wuauserv

See if that helps.
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19 May 2010   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by acooldozen View Post
Thank you.....tried the above, No change. No windows MSE. But am using Outpost Firewall along with Nod32 v4

The mpas-fe.exe is available daily on Calendar of Updates, it works fine. Not the solution I was looking for though!
My recommendation:
For antivirus software use Microsoft Security Essentials which is free, works fine, and will eliminate the need to use Windows Defender.

Of course, you must first disable completely your present av software.
You can continue to use your firewall of choice.
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19 May 2010   #7
acooldozen

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Defender

Sorry I originally posted in the wrong forum..didn't look closely enuff. Not willing to get rid of Nod32 AV...been using it almost 5 years without a hitch, but......I can get along without Windows Defender. I seem to recall that when I originally had SpyNet checked it updated once a week. I'll give that another shot!
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22 May 2010   #8
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

My Defender install updates approx. every 2/3 days via Updates/Action Center.
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