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Windows Defender notification area icon ?

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    Windows Defender notification area icon ?


    I'm helping someone that just bought a Lenovo laptop with Win 8.1

    I uninstalled the pre-installed McAfee anti-virus with:
    - Uninstall McAfee in Programs and features
    - Reboot
    - Run the MCPR McAfee uninstall utility
    - Reboot (many times)

    With that Windows Defender shows it is running, but there is no Icon in the notification area.
    Should there be an Icon in the Win 8 notification area, like Security Essentials in Win 7?

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Try the Customize link & see if it is there in the list:

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    Windows Defender is not in the Customize list.

    Some other info, in case it helps:

    I manually turned off, then turned on WD realtime protection and that didn't help with this.

    I did install Classic Shell for Windows 8

    I turned off all startup programs in msconfig except a Lenovo power manager utility and Classic Shell.
    Before I turned them off the laptop had apx. 100 processes running at startup.
    Now there are apx. 70 processes running at startup.
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    Is Defender in the start up list ?
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    Maybe you need to turn Defender on & restart the computer.
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    No, it's not listed in startup, but it shows as running from what I saw.
    I know WD is built into Win 8, whereas MS Security Essentials is an optional installed program in Win 7...

    To clarify, after I uninstalled McAfee, WD was re-enabled without me manually doing that ...
    It seems the McAfee uninstall process automatically re-enabled WD.
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    Ah, that looks like what might be causing this !
    I'll check the setting that way next time I connect to her laptop.
    Great find on that link/info +1

    Thanks David!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    Ah, that looks like what might be causing this !
    I'll check the setting that way next time I connect to her laptop.
    Great find on that link/info +1

    Thanks David!
    I hope it works for you.

    Thanks for the +1.
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    Windows Defender does not show a specific icon in the tray, warnings will show as an overlay on the Action Center flag. Make sure you have all security warnings enabled in 'Action Center Settings'.
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