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I logged on this morning (like i always do) and i had installed avast last night and uninstalled AVG so i never got around to doing a scan. im also downloading malwarebytes at the moment. pushing that aside for a moment. i logged on and i see "desktop defender" down on my tool bar which i have NEVER seen there before. it was asking for updates. just wondering if this is real or not. im installing malwarebytes and running a avast! scan at the moment to see just what it is since i don't see it in my programs list (disk clean).

heres a picture. i wasn't sure which ling to use so i used both.
http://tinypic.com/r/24c5y50/5
http://i44.tinypic.com/24c5y50.jpg


~Austin
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  1. Anonymous said:
    I logged on this morning (like i always do) and i had installed avast last night and uninstalled AVG so i never got around to doing a scan. im also downloading malwarebytes at the moment. pushing that aside for a moment. i logged on and i see "desktop defender" down on my tool bar which i have NEVER seen there before. it was asking for updates. just wondering if this is real or not. im installing malwarebytes and running a avast! scan at the moment to see just what it is since i don't see it in my programs list (disk clean).

    heres a picture. i wasn't sure which ling to use so i used both.
    http://tinypic.com/r/24c5y50/5
    http://i44.tinypic.com/24c5y50.jpg


    ~Austin

    Where did you download AVAST from, their Web Site, or some other ?
    Desktop Defender might be a game or some malware. Does it say "Desktop Defender 2010" ? - Sometimes when you d/l you get more than expected if not from the Vendor's site. I would be suspicious of your latest acquisition.
  2. ksiemb said:
    Where did you download AVAST from, their Web Site, or some other ?
    Desktop Defender might be a game or some malware. Does it say "Desktop Defender 2010" ? - Sometimes when you d/l you get more than expected if not from the Vendor's site. I would be suspicious of your latest acquisition.


    i downloaded avast! and malewarebytes all from this forum: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/239851-49-simple-free-guide-removing-malware

    ive had desktop defender 2010 and 2011 before which are indeed a virus or maleware,but i do not have those.

    what i meant to say was "windows defender", but since ive had desktop defender twice i accidentally put "desktop" rather then "windows".


    also i posted a picture about it which would have cleared this up.
  3. Best answer
    Defender is the old name for MS anti-virus / anti-spyware program. It's now MS Security Essentials. You should be able to uninstall form Add/Remove programs and install the new one if you want.
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