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  1. #1

    defender not on


    hi everyone

    I have a new laptop and it has a trial version of McAfee Internet Security running, is this the reason that my
    Defender programme is not working.

    When this trial version runs out will my defender programme start working.



    regards calmat

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    It may not, because when the trial runs out, McAfee is still installed and functioning, it just doesn't update with new virus definitions.

    Once you uninstall it, Windows will at least warn you that your AV software is not running (it may even turn on Defender automatically, I haven't checked). At any rate, after uninstalling third-party AV, you can re-enable Defender in the Support Center via the Control Panel.
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  3. #3


    hi vadikan

    thanks for your help, when the trial runs out and I uninstall will I need a new security programme, I was thinking
    about AVG free version, or will my defender programme do all that I need.

    regards calmat
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  4. #4


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by calmat View Post
    about AVG free version, or will my defender programme do all that I need.
    If you want to open a can of worms, start a new thread "Which AV is the best?" in the Chillout Room, and mark this thread is solved.
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  5. #5


    thanks for all of your help Vadikan, very much appreciated.

    I have posted a thread on which AV is best for me.

    regards calmat
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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