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Action Center warning: MSE & Defender turned off

  1. #1


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Action Center warning: MSE & Defender turned off


    Fellow geeks, should I be worried?

    Since this morning Action Center is warning me that both MSE and Defender are turned off. For me it looks that this is only half true; MSE seems to be up and running but Windows Defender really is turned off.

    Whatever I click or do keeps red flag in notification area and shows MSE and Defender turned off:

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    Malwarebytes finds nothing, MSE seems to be working although Action Center says it's not.

    Any advice and ideas welcome.

    Kari

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  2. #2


    Posts : 828
    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Fellow geeks, should I be worried?

    Since this morning Action Center is warning me that both MSE and Defender are turned off. For me it looks that this is only half true; MSE seems to be up and running but Windows Defender really is turned off.

    Whatever I click or do keeps red flag in notification area and shows MSE and Defender turned off:


    Malwarebytes finds nothing, MSE seems to be working although Action Center says it's not.

    Any advice and ideas welcome.

    Kari
    You don't need MSE and Defender. Windows 8 Windows Defender is basically MSE plus. Also, Microsoft issued a patch for Windows 8 that specifically blocks the installation of MSE because it's incompatible. The first thing to do is remove MSE, if that doesn't re-enable Defender you can check the services.

    Take a look through MS puts a hard block on MSE because it is incompatible with Win8 CP.
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  3. #3


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thanks. I was suspecting something like this. Uninstalled MSE, letting Defender to do its job.

    Kari
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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