Windows 10: Do I need Defender?

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  1. Posts : 21,856
    Dual boot - Win 10 Pro & Win 10 Insider (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       31 Jul 2015 #21

    Slartybart said: View Post
    Thanks for the updates.

    Media player is ok on Win10, the Groove app is a universal app for playing media.
    Media Center that was not carried forward to Win10.

    To remove Media Player: Right click to open the Win-x menu
    Select Programs & Features at the top of the list
    (or control Panel > Programs and Features)

    Select Turn Windows Features on or off from the left hand pane
    Expand Media Features
    Clear the checkbox for Windows Media Player
    I don't know what else you can do about MSE - another member might come along with more help.
    From Seven forums.... Microsoft Security Essentials - Uninstall Completely - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  2.    01 Aug 2015 #22

    COMPUTIAC said: View Post
    If you unlock the task bar and click on the flag, you can drag it out of there.
    To the trash ?
    The icon is turned off now. Thanks for the tip. Still can't uninstall MSE.
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  3.    01 Aug 2015 #23

    This was a good tip but here's what I got.

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  4. Posts : 92
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       01 Aug 2015 #24

    I installed Avast (AIS) and it turned off Defender. Try using a programs such a Revo Uninstaller Pro 3.14 to remove it. It has a trial period.
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  5.    01 Aug 2015 #25

    Revo Uninstaller Pro 3.14 gave the same error & would not uninstall.
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  6.    01 Aug 2015 #26

    Did post # 21 help ?
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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       01 Aug 2015 #27

    I have not found a good way to uninstall MSE when Defender is on the system. It should never be that way. Windows 8.x and Windows 10 have the rebranded MSE (aka Defender) installed by default. If you try to install MSE on one of those systems, it won't install. So this is an anomaly of the Win10 upgrade. The two are so closely related it might not be possible to untangle without breaking Defender.

    There are a few suggestions to disable the Defender service and try uninstalling MSE, but I think that might have adverse affects Defender.

    If Defender is the malware service running then that is what you want.

    You can use cCleaner to remove the MSE entry from the list of installed programs in Programs & Features
    The image shows how to remove Audacity from the installed/uninstall list.
    You would select MSE instead, then delete to remove that program from the list. This does not uninstall the program, it simply removes the program form the list of programs you can select to uninstall.

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    Download CCleaner FREE if you don't already have the utility.

    That's about all I can think of for now.
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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       01 Aug 2015 #28

    COMPUTIAC said: View Post
    Did post # 21 help ?
    See post# 23. The MS Fixit did not run on Win10 (not for this OS)

    Many MS Fixits will not run on Win10, it might take time for MS to change the OS tests in them. MS will figure out which ones can be applied to Win10 and eventually change the OS test for the MS Fixit (I hope so, because that is a very useful tool).
    Last edited by Slartybart; 01 Aug 2015 at 13:51.
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  9.    01 Aug 2015 #29

    COMPUTIAC said: View Post
    Did post # 21 help ?
    GARoss said: View Post
    This was a good tip but here's what I got.

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    No.
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  10.    01 Aug 2015 #30

    Do you need it?... Well, I don't... the first thing I do on install is disable it gpedit.
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