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Old January 17th, 2013, 09:46 PM
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Defender not starting automatically?

It's my understanding that Defender is supposed to activate itself if a third party antivirus is removed, but I haven't seen that happen on any of the W8 systems in which I removed the third party antivirus. I've had to start it manually everytime.

Can anyone shed some light on that?

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Old January 20th, 2013, 03:31 AM
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Click Start - Run, type in MSCONFIG and then click OK - Startup(tab).

Make sure the Windows Defender and/or MSASCui startup entry has a checkmark.

Click Start - Run, type in SERVICES.MSC and then click OK.

Make sure the Windows Defender service entry is set on Automatic
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 06:15 PM
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Thanks for the reply Sarla, but I know how to start Defender. Re-read my post
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 12:11 AM
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Thanks for the reply Sarla, but I know how to start Defender. Re-read my post
reread Sarla's post. it was not showing a manual start. it was showing how to fix it so it will start when you boot the system. or do you use the startup tab in msconfig everytime you manually start defender?
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 04:55 PM
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I'm not having to start Defender at each boot. Here's what happens:

-I remove Norton or McAfee and restart.

-The Security Center detects that no third party antivirus is installed, and of course suggests that Defender should be turned on. I turn it on, and all is well.

..but, I've read numerous times that Defender is supposed to turn itself on when there is no third party antivirus installed.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 06:15 PM
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Have you tried it this way?

First, head to the modern-style Start screen and type "Windows Defender" to have Windows search for the program, then click on the Windows Defender icon when it appears in the results.

A Windows Defender window will appear on the classic desktop. If Microsoft's security software is disabled, you'll seen a lot of scary red tones alongside an "At risk" warning and an image of a computer screen with a big X on it. Subtle, eh?

Next, click on the Settings tab at the top of the window. Make sure "Real-time protection" is selected in the left pane, then check the box next to "Turn on real-time protection (recommended)." Finally, click Save Changes at the bottom of the Window.
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