New computer. . . -sigh-

By Chelsie
Sep 21, 2007
  1. So my old laptop finally bit the dust. I had to go and get a new one yesterday, sadly. And with this new comes a whole lot of stuff I know I don't need. It's a new Toshiba, so it has Windows Vista and it seems to have Windows Defender built right in. I have AVG free, Zonealarm, AVG anti-spyware or whatever that is, and all the other stuff that you're supposed to have. So I KNOW I don't need Windows Defender. But I have no idea how to get rid of it. It's in security and there isn't a turn off option or anything. Sooo, any help would be great.
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Can you not remove it with add/remove programs?
  3. Chelsie

    Chelsie TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 104

    No actually. I thought that at first too. But it's not even in there. So now I have no idea how to remove it lol.
  4. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    Hi Rik. How you doing friend?

    Hope you don't mind me posting this here.

    From what I have learned Windows Defender is built in to Vista. Those who choose to not use it are best suited to simply turn off updating and scanning.
    In short just turn it off.

    Here is the guide from Windows Help. Turn Windows Defender on or off

    Hope this helps.
  5. taylub

    taylub TS Enthusiast Posts: 127

    This is the easiest way to do it but if you want the service stopped completly click on start and type in the search box service manager and click enter

    then scroll to windows defender, right click it and set it to disable.
  6. Chelsie

    Chelsie TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 104

    Done. Thank you SO much.
    All of you, for all your help.
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