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Windows 7: Keep getting msg that defender is off

06 Sep 2013   #1

Keep getting msg that defender is off

I cannot open Windows Defender on two computers one is Home Premium 32bit and the other is Ultimate 32bit. On the Home Premium computer a msg pops up reminding that Defender is off and offering to turn it on. On the Ultimate computer when I click on Defender in the CP I get the same msg. On both computers it will not turn on or open so I can disable it. Both computers are running MSE and Anti-Malare.
How can I get them to open Defender so I can disable Defender.

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06 Sep 2013   #2


Solved. I just piddled around and found that I could DISABLE Windows Defender by going to Properties in Services. Right click on Properties and select DISABLE option and then APPLY....GO.
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06 Sep 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Yep, that's the way to do it!
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10 Sep 2013   #4


Yesterday, I went into my account on the computer that had this problem and there staring me in the face was the msg in question. "Windows Defender is off. Click here to........". This in spite of having disabled it in services.

What could be causing this?
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10 Sep 2013   #5

windows 7 home 64bit

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11 Sep 2013   #6


Read the link and did as suggested. Could NOT find Windows Defender in services. The services were unsorted. how can I sort them?

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11 Sep 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Try following Method 3 here.

Ive had this after disabling Defender. Its just running at start up and because its disabled it gives a notification.
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