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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by geno44, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. geno44

    geno44 Thread Starter

    May 16, 2005
    upon startup I get a message that windows defender was unable to start. What is Windows defender
  2. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jan 24, 2002
    Hi, It's former Microsoft Beta Antispyware program,
    Removes ad and spyware and related malware- and
    protects the computer.



    A new version just came out a couple of weeks ago-

    From the MS site linked above: ""Note: If you have version 1.1.1592.0, you must first manually uninstall Windows Defender before you can install this newer version. To configure or remove the existing version, use Add/Remove programs in the Control Panel. ""

    I am not sure if when you go to download whether it will let
    you just save the install on the hard drive to do later, or whether
    it the type that will want to install online.
  3. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

    Jun 24, 2004
    Also, I understand that the ancestry goes back to "Giant Anti-Spyware," which enjoyed a very good reputation. MS may have "tweaked" the original when they bought the software and reoffered it as their own.

    "Giant" is still in business, and I thi nk the original software can still be found if you search forit. Updates I know nothing about.

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