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geno44

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upon startup I get a message that windows defender was unable to start. What is Windows defender
 

Byteman

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Hi, It's former Microsoft Beta Antispyware program,
Removes ad and spyware and related malware- and
protects the computer.
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/about/faq.mspx


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...E7-DA2B-4A6A-AFA4-F7F14E605A0D&displaylang=en

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.
 

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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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