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Old 10-06-18, 14:40
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does anybody turn this off ? For some reason, I've had it switched off on my desktop. I can only presume that its because it clashes with avast or malwarebytes ?
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Old 10-06-18, 17:40
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I have it turned off, using Avast Free Antivirus and MB (Premium), albeit Windows Defender Firewall is running but no problems or conflicts.
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Old 10-06-18, 20:03
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I think you will find that Avast turns it off automatically when you install Avast. And yes it will clash with Avast if you use Avast as well as Windows Defender.
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Old 10-06-18, 21:53
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From the last two posts, it seems like Roger and Pete are referring to Windows Defender either in Win 8/8.1 or Win 10 - this is the Win 7 section.

In Win 7 WD is just a scanner and not an AV program.

Running Norton on my Win 7, WD is turned off but I can manually turn it on without any conflict between it and Norton.

The WD service in Win 7 is default set to Auto (Delayed start), but if you already have an active AV program installed and you try to install Norton, it will tell you it has detected another AV program and that it will need to be uninstalled.

There is no such alert with WD enabled.
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Old 11-06-18, 07:51
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Cantrel, sorry, you are right. A senior moment in forgetting the post is in the Windows 7 thread whereas my reply is apt for Windows 10.
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Old 11-06-18, 07:54
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Cantrel, sorry, you are right. A senior moment in forgetting the post is in the Windows 7 thread whereas my reply is apt for Windows 10.
- I think I've also done this before
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Old 11-06-18, 09:05
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This is probably why I have had it turned off. I was curious because I read a letter a few weeks ago in Computer Active saying there is a setting that protects files from ransomware, again I presume that is only applicable to windows 10. Just curious.

Regarding ransomware, I've got all my important files backed up to a flash drive and an external hard drive which I keep updated. There is too much mp3 music to use a cloud.

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Old 11-06-18, 09:14
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I create a Macrium system image at least once a month which is my protection, although Norton Security is supposed to protect me from Ransomware, but the system image is handy should I want to revert something and can negate the need to perform a repair install - at least in Win 10.

A repair install on my Win 7 has never taken and gets so far and then reverts to the previous install, so a system image for that is essential and images are always a safeguard should the HDD fail.
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Old 11-06-18, 12:54
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I've never had to do a windows 7 reinstall. I've got the disk though, but hopefully I never will. In any case, when they stop support for Windows 7 in a couple of years or whatever I'll be forced to change. I didn't want to change from XP at the time either but at least Windows 7 was a good old style system that I used at work.

I know we get used to these systems eventually but I've no real interest in buying another PC just to use Windows 10.
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Old 11-06-18, 12:57
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I suppose I should do a backup of the computer to a flash drive/external hard drive or something. I've got plenty of spare space on my external hard drive.
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