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What is Client Protection?

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#1 PeggyLee


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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:46 AM

I have a Dell GX 650 (I think) with Windows XP Pro SP 3. I had a virus or malware or something the other day and I have successfully gotten rid of it (I hope). I ran a scan, deleted restore points, then re-enabled, went to Microsoft web site to run scan and download the Malicious software and Essentials. I also checked to make sure firewall was turned on and automatic updates. I was also going to download Defender. When it was finished and was going to run, it said I had "client protection" and would have to turn it off. What is that and how do I turn it off. It is important to have this?

Also I was going to download Ad-Aware, but it was going to take 12 hours! We have a USB760 modem from Verizon and only get 2 bars most of the time. I am going to try to download it here at work onto a CD and take it home.

Thanks in advance...

Edited by hamluis, 27 August 2010 - 08:56 AM.
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Posted 27 August 2010 - 08:53 AM

As I understand it...Windows Defender may display this message when the user has Microsoft Security Essentials installed (which has an antispyware function).

IMO, a better alternative to using Windows Defender would be installing SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes. SAS has daily updates and is generally consdiered to be one of the more efficient alternatives for minor malware items, while Malwarebytes is considered to be very effective against various malware items. There is no one program that protects the system against everything, hence the suggestion to use the two programs suggested, along with your installed AV program and a firewall.

I'm certainly no expert of any sort...just a user who has tried many of the products which users will believe to be effective.

Ad-Aware has long been considered to be inferior to the programs I have suggested.

Malwarebytes.org - http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

SUPERAntiSpyware - http://www.superantispyware.com/superantis...efreevspro.html. Be sure click the button for the free download, not the other.

As with any program, please read all instructions for using...before installing.


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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:00 AM

Thank you for the links and info. I will try this weekend. Maybe they won't want to take 12 hours!


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Posted 27 August 2010 - 10:01 PM

Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials

Before installation, Microsoft Security Essentials checks for a validated copy of Windows and will disable Windows Defender if installed since MSE also provides protects against spyware.

I agree with hamluis about using an alternative.

Edited by quietman7, 27 August 2010 - 10:05 PM.

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