Can't find Windows Defender

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  1. compiler

    compiler New Member

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    I recently bought a new laptop with Windows 7, so I am on a learning curve.

    I keep utilizing Windows Update, which includes definition updates for Windows Defender.

    I would like to do a scan with Windows Defender, but I can't find it. When I click Start/ALL Programs it is not listed. I can find it in Windows Explorer, but I can't find the .exe file to run.

    Incidentally, I installed MalwareBytes and I'm using that. But I know that Windows Defender is also running; I just can't find it.

    Incidentally, for when I do find it, is this a free version or will they want me to buy it after a trial period?

    Mel
     
  2. RAK

    RAK Extraordinary Member

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    I have heavily customised my start programs, but I think, by default, it is in "Accessories"
    It is included in windows and is free.
    If you install Micrpspft's own antivirus program, Microsoft Security essentials (MSE), which is an updated successor to Defender, it will disable it.
     
  3. compiler

    compiler New Member

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    Thanks. Actully, I found it. Not in accessories but it is in Control Panel.

    There should be a catalogue command that lists the location of this stuff

    Mel
     
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