Uninstall Windows Defender (Vista Ultimate)

Posted: 06-10-2008, 09:52 PM
I am running Windows Vista Ultimate and Microsoft Defender is installed by
default. I want to uninstall it but it doesn't even show up in the Programs &
Features list (Uninstall or change a program). How do I go about to uninstall
that program.

thank you

Uninstall Windows Defender (Vista Ultimate)


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t-4-2
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Re: Uninstall Windows Defender (Vista Ultimate)
Posted: 06-11-2008, 07:43 AM

AlohaMahalo;743094 Wrote:
> I am running Windows Vista Ultimate and Microsoft Defender is installe
> b
> default. I want to uninstall it but it doesn't even show up in th
> Programs
> Features list (Uninstall or change a program). How do I go about t
> uninstal
> that program
>
> thank yo
Hello
Windows Defender ( not microsoft defender, by the way) is part o
Vista. It canNOT be un-installed. You can, however, turn it off
BUT, before you turn it off, do you have a 3rd party program to replac
it ? You must have one or the other. Assuming that you do, open window
defender, look to the top, find the ( ? ) sign, click it . Perhaps yo
want to read what's on the screen first. Scroll all the way to the end,
click the last entry : Turn windows defender on or off. Just follow th
instructions on how to turn it off

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t-4-2
DanBissell
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Re: Uninstall Windows Defender (Vista Ultimate)
Posted: 07-07-2008, 01:53 PM
Is there a reason why Windows Defender doesn't seem to be keeping up with all
the other spyware/malware programs? (Main reason for wanting to uninstall it)

Seems like the new attacks as well as some old established programs are
slipping past detection on the PC's here. We are using a couple of the free
apps that have been around for a while to clean up most, and formatting those
that we don't want to waste time on.

We do have a reputable "Enterprise" virus/malware protection, but this
particular branch of this system I work out of has lax administration due to
overworked admins.
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LSU Health Sciences


"t-4-2" wrote:
>
> AlohaMahalo;743094 Wrote:
> > I am running Windows Vista Ultimate and Microsoft Defender is installed
> > by
> > default. I want to uninstall it but it doesn't even show up in the
> > Programs &
> > Features list (Uninstall or change a program). How do I go about to
> > uninstall
> > that program.
> >
> > thank you
> Hello,
> Windows Defender ( not microsoft defender, by the way) is part of
> Vista. It canNOT be un-installed. You can, however, turn it off.
> BUT, before you turn it off, do you have a 3rd party program to replace
> it ? You must have one or the other. Assuming that you do, open windows
> defender, look to the top, find the ( ? ) sign, click it . Perhaps you
> want to read what's on the screen first. Scroll all the way to the end,
> click the last entry : Turn windows defender on or off. Just follow the
> instructions on how to turn it off.
>
>
> --
> t-4-2
>
Ken Blake, MVP
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Re: Uninstall Windows Defender (Vista Ultimate)
Posted: 07-07-2008, 06:59 PM
On Mon, 7 Jul 2008 06:53:03 -0700, DanBissell
<DanBissell@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> Is there a reason why Windows Defender doesn't seem to be keeping up with all
> the other spyware/malware programs? (Main reason for wanting to uninstall it)
>
> Seems like the new attacks as well as some old established programs are
> slipping past detection on the PC's here. We are using a couple of the free
> apps that have been around for a while to clean up most, and formatting those
> that we don't want to waste time on.

No anti-spyware program is perfect, and each is able to detect malware
that the others don't for that reason, it's wise to run several.
Windows Defender may not be the single best such product out there,
but it's far from useless, and I recommend *not* uninstalling it.

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Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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MowGreen [MVP]
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Re: Uninstall Windows Defender (Vista Ultimate)
Posted: 07-07-2008, 08:31 PM
Perhaps if those who use it opted into to Spynet and/or submitted
malware samples more frequently, WD would be more effective ?
The folks I know who work in the WD Program Group are dedicated malware
fighters and would appreciate more malware submissions so that WD can be
as effective as possible.
As Ken stated, no security software is 100% effective.
WD is just another tool to use.

Aside: The data garnered from the monthly release of the Windows
Malicious Software Removal tool has been effective in bringing down or
seriously hampering known botnets and data harvesters:
http://blogs.technet.com/mmpc/archiv...-me-1-one.aspx

MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
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DanBissell wrote:
> Is there a reason why Windows Defender doesn't seem to be keeping up with all
> the other spyware/malware programs? (Main reason for wanting to uninstall it)
>
> Seems like the new attacks as well as some old established programs are
> slipping past detection on the PC's here. We are using a couple of the free
> apps that have been around for a while to clean up most, and formatting those
> that we don't want to waste time on.
>
> We do have a reputable "Enterprise" virus/malware protection, but this
> particular branch of this system I work out of has lax administration due to
> overworked admins.
 
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