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Windows 7: How to disable Virus Scan?

26 Aug 2011   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit
How to disable Virus Scan?

I have no virus protection running. I have disabled the built in Windows Defender program that came with my 64bit Win 7 Ultimate DVD. And when I down load it still scans for a virus. This is a FRESH install and no other security software is running. Is this just for show in Win7? Or is there something I failed to do?


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26 Aug 2011   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit

I found the answer!! It was my Firefox settings - I Typed about:config in Firefox and filter for the string - I changed it to false.

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26 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7/Linux

I'm curious - Why disable your protection? IMHO It's not a wise move to make considering the abundance of malicious software out there!
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26 Aug 2011   #4


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by inlineskater View Post
I have no virus protection running.
An antivirus program is pretty much the immune system of a computer. By all means consider installing a full-fledged antivirus suite (consisting of an antivirus and firewall feature plus realtime protection), and as an extra layer of protection you can install the free non-realtime version of Malwarebytes on your machine. Windows Defender is not enough by any stretch of the imagination. Since you use Firefox (browse the internet and download stuff, in other words), an antivirus program is all the more important.
Never install two realtime antivirus programs on your computer (should not be possible, because one program will try to remove the other before installing itself, but people find ways to force both onto the machine ;-) ).

You can check this thread for suggestions and opinions on antivirus programs:
What's the Best Anti-virus?
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