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Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection

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Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection

Just loaded up a new copy of Windows 7 Professional, on a second laptop... and "Action Centre" is reporting ...

Windows did not find antivirus software on the computer        [Find a program on line}

 

However... If I put " Windows Defender " in the search box above the START ... it returns "Windows Defender"   and if I then  Right Click on it... and find " Go to file location".. there it is !  ..

 

So ... Two questions arise... Is windows defender active, and available, or

                                            Do I need to get an "external" antivirus prog installed ?

 

 

 

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Pete11
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Re: Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection

I had the same problem. I'm running Windows 7 and Windows Defender will not update at all, even after a couple of hours it just sits there with a spinny thing. In the end I gave up and went for AVG.

I'm beginning to wonder if they've given up on Defender in Windows 7.

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Re: Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection

Windows Defender is a program that Microsoft introduced (in October 2006) to combat spyware and other intrusions that Antivirus programmes did not deal with at that time. It was bundled with Windows 7.  It has been redundant in its functionality for some years because all antivirus programs have now expanded their remit to cover other forms of malware.

What you are looking for, I imagine, is Microsoft Security Essentials.  You will need to download and install this on Windows 7 as it was not bundled.   

You may have become confused because Microsoft Security Essentials is bundled with Windows 8 and 10 where it has been renamed Windows Defender.  

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Re: Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection

@ReedRichards Thanks for the info..... yes,, probably confused... but then. it is Microsoft ! ! ..

 

Does it scan incoming and outgoing email on thunderbird  ?  because I have never seen anything on emails to the effect

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Re: Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection

Avast scans email and is free.

I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!
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I don't think MSE scans emails as they arrive and depart but (as with any other antivirus) it will not let you open a file attachment or attach a file that it recognises as infected.

The main advantage of MSE over Avast (and its ilk) is that it does not try to sell you 'extras' or make you re-register every year.

Messages on emails saying scanned by such-and-such are just advertising and should not be trusted by the recipient. 

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Re: Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection

Why do people have this fixation about using free or inferior security software? Kaspersky Internet Security, rated one of the best, can be bought on Amazon for £13 for a single licence, dropping substantially in price if you have more than one computer, 3 licences for example cost £19, that's £6.33 per machine per year.

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Re: Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection


@Baldrick1 wrote:

Why do people have this fixation about using free or inferior security software?


Why do people with common sense use Anti Virus?

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@Mav - Well I'd guess you'd not be caught with your pants down!

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Re: Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection

@Baldrick1  


@Baldrick1 wrote:

Why do people have this fixation about using free or inferior security software? Kaspersky Internet Security, rated one of the best, can be bought on Amazon for £13 for a single licence, dropping substantially in price if you have more than one computer, 3 licences for example cost £19, that's £6.33 per machine per year.


 

 

 

Daftest post I ever saw.....

 

Because it is FREE..... and it does the job....   If someone was offering your FREE ELECTRICITY... ( and I mean exactly that )... would you still pay EDF or Scottish Power... or whoever for the same stuff ?    Do you get "free" offers.... i.e. free entry tickets to places/events... but insist on paying an entry fee when you go there  ? 

 

CRAZY !..

 

I have been using FREE antivirus progs since AVG3 came out... ( and others along the way).. and have NEVER had any virus attack on my machines over the past 15 years or so... 

 

@Ipso facto... 15 years @ £13 per year = £195.00    and bear in mind... those licences were probably two or three times that much 15 yrs ago... so  

as the saying goes....... Do the math! ...

 

 

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Is there any need for the aggressive response? Tests show that there is a difference in performance against attack, with the paid for versions coming out best. If you don't believe it and happy to use the free stuff (or none at all)  then that's fine with me.

I, and many others, prefer to minimise the risks and spend 6 quid per device per year.

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Same here, I have never used paid for AV
For as long as I have been online , and never been compromised 👍
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Re: Windows 7 Professional & Anti Virus Protection

@Baldrick1 Nothing aggressive in my post.. only your imagination...

 

Having personally tested several of the top rated FREE one`s over the last 15 years. with no adverse effects or infections...

 

. I think the results show for themselves..