Windows Defender: Uninstall, Disable, Remove and Switch Off

Being the safety conscious type, I’m sure you’ve made sure your PC is protected with the latest all singing all dancing anti-malware software.

Good for you.

But did you realise that Windows Defender is already installed with Windows and is probably wasting precious resources on your machine because?

No?

Well, you’ll probably be interested in hearing how to get shot of it, after all what’s the point in having two pieces of software feverishly working away doing the same job when you only need one?

So here’s how to disable Windows Defender.

Why disable and not uninstall? Simply because its built into Windows so you can’t uninstall it. So here’s how you can disable it.

Open Windows Defender by going to Tools on the top menu and clicking Options.

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Then click on Administrator on the left-hand pane, uncheck the box for “Use this program” and click Save.

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You will then be told the program us turned off.

If you want to make sure it never comes back on, open up the Services panel through Control Panel or by typing services.msc into the Start Menu search or run boxes. Find Windows Defender in  the list and double click it.

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Then change Startup to Disabled:

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Just remember, if you do disable Windows Defender make sure you have protected yourself from malware with another product.

If you have any queries or want to know how to do something else with your Windows machine, leave a comment below and we’ll see what we can do to help.

Why You Should Run Regular Computer Check-ups: 2 case studies

As a team of IT specialists, we get all sorts of weird and wonderful issues presented to us Computer problemsby our clients.

Here are a couple of our latest cases – see if anything sounds familiar.

We were presented with a couple of laptops that had slightly different issues but the outcome was the same.

The first laptop was not connecting to the internet using Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox.  The PC would just bring up the blue circle of death then it would disappear after a couple of seconds.

We uninstalled Internet Explorer and reverted back to an older version.  This worked and opened successfully, then we tidied up the temp files, removed all the add-ons and toolbars and thought we’d cracked it.

After a reboot we were back to square one – no internet access.  So we started the system up in safe mode to check what was starting up and also to run a anti-virus check – after an hour and a half we had 183 problems reported on the laptop – 3 of these were serious.

Three scans later the system was ‘clean’ so we thought we’d try the same thing again by uninstalling Internet explorer. But the same thing happened; it ran OK until there was a reboot of the system.  So the virus’ on this occasion won and we ended up backing up the data (checking this was clean) rebuilding the laptop with the operating system then restoring the data.  All now works well.

The second laptop was slightly different in that the user wasn’t running any AV software.  They were receiving an error message when using any social media software.  After running a malware scan we found 28 issues with the laptop, one of these was deemed serious.  After loading the laptop in safe mode, we installed an AV product and selected the evaluation period and ran another scan, this found another two problems, one serious. After running a System File Checker scan we found no end of windows files that could not be repaired.  So we decided to backup the customer data rebuild the laptop with the operating system, then restore the data back.  All now works well.

This advocates regular check-ups of machines, spring clean them occasionally and also run a recommended anti-virus application such as Bullguard and make sure it is kept up to date and scan regularly.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

Is Today’s Generation Unsecured?

Everyone understands the need to be secure online, don’t they? Online security

You would have thought so, but a recent report published by Check Point (the company behind ZoneAlarm) suggests otherwise.

According to a recent article in PCPro, their report showed that although the younger generation (18 to 25 year olds) were surer of themselves when it came to IT security than the ‘baby boomers’ (56 to 65 year olds), they actually experienced more security problems.

In fact, the research shows that 78% of the younger users didn’t follow best practice when it came to computer security systems. And yet, ‘baby boomers’ were twice as likely to install and use security software.

So what makes them so laid-back about online security?

Well, it could be as simple as priorities: they value entertainment and online social interaction more than security. Couple that with the fact that 45% of the younger generation think security software is too expensive and so are less likely to use it, and  you’re asking for trouble.

How to convert the unsecured generation

Changing their mindset isn’t an easy task; perhaps once they’ve been stung a few times by online nasties, they’ll be more likely to take precautions.

Of course, the other tact is to appeal to their (usually empty) wallets because there are free security suits available, such as Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender. Using those and making sure your software is up-to-date, should provide protection against most threats.

Education is undoubtedly the key, but it’s good to know that there are free solutions that can be adopted when you’re budget will only stretch so far.

But there is no substitute for good quality security software.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

Protecting Your Computer From Viruses

Let’s face it, computer viruses are a menace. They cause untold damage to your files, Protecting yourself from computer virusesbusiness and even your reputation. So how can you protect yourself from them?

There are a number of steps you can take, but here are our top tips.

1. Education

Learning about viruses and keeping up to date with the latest threats, protections and industry news will help you stay safe from the nasty little suckers.

If you understand what you’re dealing with, the easier it will be to not only identify when you’ve been hit by one, but it may also prevent that from happening in the first place.

2. Anti virus

Prevention is always better than cure, so arm yourself with effective anti virus software. If you don’t, your PC will become a target for viruses as soon as you start to surf the net.

3. Updates

Keeping both your Windows operating system and virus software up to date is essential, so make sure you regularly download the updates.

Virus creators are always refining them and coming  up with new ways to bypass security systems, so if your software isn’t up to date, it could offer the opportunity a new virus strain needs to slip in unnoticed.

4. Downloads

Whenever you download something from the web, make sure it comes from a trusted source.

5. Be vigilant about emails

How many spam emails do you get in a day? And how many of those have attachments?

Many are easy to spot, but there could be one or two that aren’t. Never be tempted to open an attachment from an email if you don’t know the sender, or if it doesn’t quite ring true. If in doubt, get in touch with them – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Over to you

Do you have any other tips you’d like to add?

If so, leave a comment below.