Do I need a defender of Windows 7: user reviews. How to enable and disable Windows 7 protector
Surely, many users of the Microsoft system have a question: do we need a Windows 7 protector? In order to answer, first it is worth considering what it is responsible for and what functions the built-in antivirus performs.
Windows Defender Features
The main task of Windows Defender is to find and block malware for the system and user files of programs, spyware, viruses and rootkit packages. Embedded antivirus software performs real-time protection. Windows 7 Defender can also clean up the system of suspicious programs in one click of the mouse.
The built-in program prevents system infection in two ways. In real-time mode, it will help block a malicious application even before its launch. This method is very effective for neutralizing threats while surfing the Internet.The second method provides scanning of system and user files for threats. This check is performed automatically according to a predetermined schedule: when the computer is turned on and off, as well as at a certain time of day. Naturally, the possibility of manually starting the system scan or individual folders and files is also provided.
Usually, in parallel with the work of the defender built into the system, Windows Firewall is used, which will help to ensure that the access to the network is restricted for untested applications or programs specially selected by the user. The firewall has three access protection profiles:
- Public - will provide the maximum level of traffic filtering and will be appropriate in places with free Wi-Fi connection (cafes, shopping centers, metro stations);
- worker - has less rigid filtering of transmitted information, as it is designed to work in a more reliable network;
- home profile has the lowest level of data filtering, because in the home network, as a rule, there are only a few computers that do not pose a network threat.
Using Windows Firewall and Defender together will provide the maximum level of protection for your system and user data.
Of course, for the correct operation of the built-in protection, you need to remember to install the recommended Windows updates, which will provide the latest anti-virus databases and patches. The best option in terms of protection is to configure automatic system updates. But on weak computers, this may entail very unpleasant work delays during the background installation of updates, and the operating system may often need to be restarted, which will not be very convenient at all, for example, when you urgently need to check your email.
In order for Windows to not interrupt your work at the most important place, it is recommended to choose to install updates on a schedule that will allow you to carry out the process at a convenient time for you. It is also possible to set up a manual system update, but the user will have to remember to check its presence from time to time.
It's safe to say that the built-in antivirus will protect your computer against most threats,if you follow the recommendations for its use. It will be a worthy free solution to the problem with viruses and will ensure safe work on the Internet.
It should be noted that the Windows 7 protector, which is very decent reviews, can not give full protection without the above measures (firewall, updates).Many users still tend to paid protection systems, such as Nod 32, Kaspersky, and others, but this solution is quite individual. Here, as they say, the taste and color ... If desired, the Windows 7 protector can be either turned off or on at any time.
How to turn on the defender?
If the user has decided to stay on the protection that is built into the system from Microsoft, it is likely that there could be a question about how to turn on the Windows 7 protector.
According to the standard, on the newly installed system, the defender of Windows 7 is already running and stands guard over the order. In the same case, if for some reason it has been disabled, it is worth considering several options for its activation.
The first option is the easiest, but, unfortunately, they are not always able to use because of the disconnection of the service or system notifications.To implement it, you just need to move the pointer to the checkbox on the right side of the quick launch panel located below, and select the “Turn on virus protection (important)” option.
After this, the antivirus should start and open a window with data on the protection status of your PC.
Help Center Messages
If you have problems with displaying a message about protection, you must first try to enable system messages. To do this, right-click on the checkbox in the bottom panel and select "Open Support Center".
In the new window that opens, go to the tab "Support Center Settings" and tick the box "Protection against viruses."
After these actions, the required notification appears in the Support Center.
Setup via the System Configuration application
If the message is missing and the Windows 7 protector still does not start, it means that the antivirus service itself is disabled. In order to activate it, in Windows search you need to type msconfig.exe and select the found application. By clicking on it, you can open the system configuration window. After selecting the “services” tab in it, scroll through the list to the “Windows Defender’s Service” and check the box on it.
Next, click on the "Apply" button below and restart your computer so that the changes can take effect. If you need to deactivate the defender of Windows 7, how to disable it through the "System Configuration" is described in the appropriate section below.
Setup using the Computer Management menu
Also, the application service "Defender of Windows 7" can also be enabled via "management" (the option is recommended if, for some reason, the system configuration menu did not help). To do this, go to the control panel and select "Administration", then click on the label with the words "Computer Management" and in the window that opens, find the list on the left. In it we select “services and applications”, further “services”, and before us the full list of services is revealed.
As in the previous version, we are looking for the “Windows Defender Service” item, right-click on it (right-click) and select “properties”, where we’ll click “run”, and also select the launch type “automatically”.
Applying the settings and restarting the computer, the service will be enabled. The application "Defender of Windows 7" both disable and enable it is possible through this item.
If the above actions are performed correctly, a corresponding notification will appear in the support center, so that you can successfully enable the antivirus. It is worth mentioning that all the actions performed are also relevant for Windows 8.
How to disable Windows 7 protector?
If the decision is made to get rid of the anti-virus application "Defender of Windows 7", how to disable it becomes the user's main task. In fact, for deactivation, you need to do almost the same steps as for inclusion. The option of shutting down through the system configuration will differ from activation only by a tick - instead of installing it, you will need to remove it. And in the case of a shutdown through the “control”, in the properties you need to select the type of start not “Automatic”, but “Disabled”.
If your computer contains a protector of Windows 7, how to disable it will prompt the following instructions. The recommended option to disable the built-in antivirus is to deactivate it through the defender settings menu itself. To do this, in the Windows search type "Defender" and click on the result with the image of a stone wall on the icon. Go to the Options menu,then go to the “Administration” tab and uncheck the box next to “Enable Application”.
By applying the settings, the defender will be completely disabled. In order to get rid of the annoying message about protection in the notification center, in its settings you need to remove the check mark from the item “Protection against viruses”. Now Windows Defender is completely disabled. After that, of course, it is advisable to install an alternative antivirus.