Windows Defender (Vista) keep being told to Check for new definitions

Posted: 12-19-2008, 10:20 AM
I am using Vista Home Premium, SP1, with the latest updates for WU and
Defender .... I think.

I see the orange oval with the black exclamation mark on the Windows
Defender System Tray icon and am asked to check for new definitions. I do,
there are no new definitions and yet I keep seeing that exclamation mark
advising me to do something.

I did a scan, rebooted the computer (even though I was not advised to do
so), and I still see this message.

Just me? Suggestions? Thanks, Dave Horne

Windows Defender (Vista) keep being told to Check for new definitions


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Dave Horne
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Re: Windows Defender (Vista) keep being told to Check for new definitions
Posted: 12-19-2008, 10:30 AM
A follow up - I went to
http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/ADL.aspx#top and manually updated
the program. That did the trick.

I never had to do this before. Has something changed? Will I now always
have to manually update Defender?

Thanks, Dave Horne



"Dave Horne" <davehorne@home.nl> wrote in message
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>I am using Vista Home Premium, SP1, with the latest updates for WU and
>Defender .... I think.
>
> I see the orange oval with the black exclamation mark on the Windows
> Defender System Tray icon and am asked to check for new definitions. I
> do, there are no new definitions and yet I keep seeing that exclamation
> mark advising me to do something.
>
> I did a scan, rebooted the computer (even though I was not advised to do
> so), and I still see this message.
>
> Just me? Suggestions? Thanks, Dave Horne
>
PHX
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Re: Windows Defender (Vista) keep being told to Check for new definitions
Posted: 12-19-2008, 11:50 AM
I'm running Vista Home SP1 with the latest MS updates and saw this 12/18 at
logon. I had to go to the recommended site and update manually also. The
only change to my system was the IE7 update on 12/17, but correlation is not
causation. I hope this was a one-time occurrence.

"Dave Horne" <davehorne@home.nl> wrote in message
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>A follow up - I went to
>http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/ADL.aspx#top and manually updated
>the program. That did the trick.
>
> I never had to do this before. Has something changed? Will I now always
> have to manually update Defender?
>
> Thanks, Dave Horne
>
>
>
> "Dave Horne" <davehorne@home.nl> wrote in message
> news:uenO3NcYJHA.4480@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
>>I am using Vista Home Premium, SP1, with the latest updates for WU and
>>Defender .... I think.
>>
>> I see the orange oval with the black exclamation mark on the Windows
>> Defender System Tray icon and am asked to check for new definitions. I
>> do, there are no new definitions and yet I keep seeing that exclamation
>> mark advising me to do something.
>>
>> I did a scan, rebooted the computer (even though I was not advised to do
>> so), and I still see this message.
>>
>> Just me? Suggestions? Thanks, Dave Horne
>>
>

Robert
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Re: Windows Defender (Vista) keep being told to Check for new definitions
Posted: 12-19-2008, 12:05 PM
Dave Horne wrote:
> I am using Vista Home Premium, SP1, with the latest updates for WU and
> Defender .... I think.
>
> I see the orange oval with the black exclamation mark on the Windows
> Defender System Tray icon and am asked to check for new definitions. I
> do, there are no new definitions and yet I keep seeing that exclamation
> mark advising me to do something.
>
> I did a scan, rebooted the computer (even though I was not advised to do
> so), and I still see this message.
>
> Just me? Suggestions? Thanks, Dave Horne
>
Are you using a program similar to ccleaner which may be clearing out
the history for Defender?

That may be causing the problem, just a thought.

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Re: Windows Defender (Vista) keep being told to Check for new definitions
Posted: 12-19-2008, 01:00 PM
Robert <nothere@nowhere.there> wrote:
>Dave Horne wrote:
>> I am using Vista Home Premium, SP1, with the latest updates for WU and
>> Defender .... I think.
>>
>> I see the orange oval with the black exclamation mark on the Windows
>> Defender System Tray icon and am asked to check for new definitions. I
>> do, there are no new definitions and yet I keep seeing that exclamation
>> mark advising me to do something.
>>
>> I did a scan, rebooted the computer (even though I was not advised to do
>> so), and I still see this message.
>>
>> Just me? Suggestions? Thanks, Dave Horne
>>
>
>Are you using a program similar to ccleaner which may be clearing out
>the history for Defender?
>
>That may be causing the problem, just a thought.
A wrong thought, but the effort is appreciated.
 
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