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Windows 7: Windows defender boot message

12 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7
Windows defender boot message

I have Microsoft Security Essentials, which disabled Windows Defender. I am happy with that. But every time I boot, I get a message that says Windows Defender has been turned off, and I have to click something. How can I kill that message?

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12 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Type services.msc in the start search box. Click on the icon to bring up the services window. Scroll down to Windows Defender, right click, choose properties, set it to 'disabled' and stop the service.

Reboot and see if you get the message again.
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12 Feb 2011   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Xpda, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You may be able to turn off this message in Action Center if it's a Action Center message that you are getting.

Action Center - Change Message Settings

Hope this helps,
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12 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7
no luck

I disabled the service -- no change.
I removed all the messages from the action center -- no change.
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12 Feb 2011   #5

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

Click on Start orb, type msconfig, clicl on startup tab. If theres a windows defender entry there, uncheckit. Reboot.
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12 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7

It's not in the startup listing.
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12 Feb 2011   #7

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

Launch regedit (Win+R, type "regedit", hit Enter). Locate the Key


In the right pane delete Value "Windows Defender"

Also check for that value in this key.


See Method Four for more locations: Startup Programs - Change
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12 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7

Thanks! I just discovered that myself and deleted the key. That solved the problem.

Windows Defender was listed in System Information, System Summary, Software Environment, Startup Programs, with a -hide flag:

Windows Defender    %programfiles%\windows defender\msascui.exe -hide    Public    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
-hide must be why it didn't appear in msconfig or System Configuration.

Thanks for your help!
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