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Do I need Anti Virus Software?

  1. #11


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Avira AV free will insist on running real time protection[s]; unless turned off in msconfig. However, it is a good product! Me? I use Avast AV.

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  2. #12


    Defender is off probably because I have Avira running so I went and deactivated Avira. Still no defender. I tried to uninstall Avira but it says I don't have permission. I went into security and checked that I'm listed as Administrator. So what gives?
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  3. #13


    Oregon
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 full version


    Go here this should get your defender up again.

    How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8 | PCWorld
    Last edited by Griffscavern; 04 Mar 2015 at 19:40. Reason: updating
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  4. #14


    Oregon
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 full version
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  5. #15


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Why not keep Avira and/or Avast? They are two of the top 20. Windows Defender is so often turned off, I turn it on [or can't turn it on], round N round we go -- finally, I simply left WD alone.
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  6. #16


    Nothing is ever easy for me it seems. I don't get a screen like the one shown in the link. When I click on Windows Defender this is what pops up:

    I'm afraid to uninstall Avira if I don't have Defender to protect me afterwards. I went to action center and disabled Avira. But it's still running. I tried to go back to that screen but it's no longer there in Action Center.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Why not keep Avira and/or Avast? They are two of the top 20. Windows Defender is so often turned off, I turn it on [or can't turn it on], round N round we go -- finally, I simply WD alone.
    Well, I could and that was my original question.
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  8. #18


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    If either Avast or Avira disappear from Action Center, probably a simply "dirty" reInstall is all that's needed to reintegrate same into your OS's Action Center.
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  9. #19


    Dirty meaning.... install over the top of what I already have?
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  10. #20


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Correct, no need to uninstall and reinstall in this case.
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