Issues with Windows® Defender

Are you interested in knowing about various issues with Windows® Defender?

Windows® Defender is the current default standard for Microsoft® Windows® based security platforms and is being widely used. It protects your PC from a wide range of threats.

The following points will provide a better understanding of issues with Windows® Defender:

  • Unable to Start Windows® Defender program in Windows® XP

  • Startup Error

  • Problems with a Full Scan

Unable to Start Windows® Defender program in Windows® XP

Windows® Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your Windows® enabled computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by adware, malware, spyware and other unwanted malicious software. Sometimes at system startup you may be alerted by a message that the Windows® Defender service could not be started. This is a very common problem across almost all computing platforms and is caused by a corruption of the registry entries. The only way to correct this is to disable the Windows® Defender manually from the service console and then uninstall the same. The Windows® Defender would then need to be downloaded and re-installed to be functional again on your computer.

Startup Error

You may be experiencing errors like the error “0x800106ba” in Windows® Defender when trying to change start-up programs. This is because by design the Microsoft® software explorer stops Windows® Defender from executing, to avoid a design flaw that causes a conflict with Windows® Defender. To resolve this issue, you will need to disable the Windows® Defender services on Windows Vista®. If you are running Windows® XP, you will need to completely uninstall the Windows® Defender services.

Problems with a Full Scan

Sometimes you may experience that Windows® Defender is taking too long to execute an automatically scheduled scan. This issue primarily occurs due to the existence of a large number of temporary Internet files, cookies, and other temporary files. To resolve this issue, it is recommended to remove all these files and disable and then re-enable the Windows® Defender service before you schedule a scan for the system. The only apparent consequences of the disabling would be that your system would be left exposed to online and network attacks for a fixed duration of time. This should not be a problem though if you are using additional spyware and malware removal software. Also, updating the definition pack before you perform a full scan to remove the latest spyware would help.

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