Windows 10: Will Windows Defender turn itself on


  1. Posts : 2
    windows 10 64bit
       20 Jul 2016 #1

    Will Windows Defender turn itself on


    My laptop has Norton anti virus which expires in 2 weeks and I plan on using Windows Defender. OS is Windows 10- will Windows Defender turn on automatically when Norton expires or will I have to turn it on. If so how is Defender turned on.
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  2. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Triple Boot 10 Pro & 10 Insider Pro & 8.1 Pro
       20 Jul 2016 #2

    toma1867 said: View Post
    My laptop has Norton anti virus which expires in 2 weeks and I plan on using Windows Defender. OS is Windows 10- will Windows Defender turn on automatically when Norton expires or will I have to turn it on. If so how is Defender turned on.
    After Norton expires, restart (reboot) the system. Defender should automatically turn on. Opening Defender (in search, type DEFENDER. App will be at top) should look like this.

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    If Defender is off, it will look like this. Click Turn On. You may also receive a notification banner in lower right of desktop.

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    As a side note, if Norton is set to expire in a couple of weeks (around month end), you may want to consider just disabling it now and uninstalling and setting up Defender. On 8/02/16, there is a major Windows 10 update scheduled. Just a suggestion to avoid having to deal with both at the same time. TC
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  3.    20 Jul 2016 #3

    Toma, There are alot of good anti- virus programs out there which are totally free & work great. Bit Defender has a good one,so does Comodo,I use it myself. Just Google best free anti virus programs in PC magazine & ick one you like. Windows Defender is a plague man. It just randomly grabs anything it wants & takes it; never to be seen again. Do yourself a favor & find anything other than Windows Defender cause there is nothing defensive about it just Offensive.
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  4. Borg 386's Avatar
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    Win 7 32, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 64 Pro, Win 10 64 Education Edition
       21 Jul 2016 #4

    Be sure to uninstall Norton using the Norton Uninstaller to make sure it removes the program completely. When Norton expires, it will still be running in the background, giving you nag messages that your defs are out of date. It will not turn itself off all the way or uninstall itself. Do not uninstall it using the Windows uninstaller. If there are any Norton orphan files leftover, you may have problems getting Defender to run. You can d/l the uninstaller here.

    Uninstall and Reinstall Norton product using the Norton Remove and Reinstall tool

    ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/englis...moval_Tool.exe
    Last edited by Borg 386; 21 Jul 2016 at 09:19.
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  5. Posts : 2
    windows 10 64bit
       22 Jul 2016 #5

    Thanks to everyone for the help
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