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#1 oRCaz

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 02:48 AM

I don't quite like Windows Defender now. It forces people to scan their computers every three days, if not, they will put a tray icon. I think scanning every three days is too frequent for me, because I don't really visit many dangerous sites and download dangerous things. Does anyone know how to disable the tray icon, or delay it?
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Posted 21 February 2006 - 03:05 PM

The default is the same as MSAS beta - scan daily at 2 am. You can change that or turn it off. Go to Control Panel and click on the icon for Software Explorers to open. Then go to Tools > General Settings to change frequency or turn off (uncheck) Automatically scan my computer.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:29 AM

I have disabled the Automatic Scanning long ago, so I can do scanning manually instead. However, if I don't scan the computer for more than three days, Windows Defender will pester me by displaying a tray icon. However, I don't feel the need to scan so often.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 06:06 AM

Daily unattended scanning is part of Defender's overall protection package. MS designed it as such for the novice user who puts little effort into regular maintenace. Thus, the scan kicks in without input from the user at a time when they are not using their system to help ensure it stays clean. The orignially MSAS beta was designed similiarly.

What you want is a stand alone scanning feature that only scans on your demand so perhaps Defender is not for you.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:04 AM

You can set it to scan daily at a time when you are on & it will do everything in the background. I would make sure the setting are set so it doesn't auto remove things. Although it is still in the Beta testing stage it has shown to be promising but I would not allow scanning programs to auto remove anything even if they are not Beta.

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Mine is set to scan daily & have not found it to interfer with my activities during the scan.
I am not a gamer so I do not know what would happen if someone was playing a game at the time the scan kicked in.

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 07:47 AM

Daily unattended scanning is part of Defender's overall protection package. MS designed it as such for the novice user who puts little effort into regular maintenace. Thus, the scan kicks in without input from the user at a time when they are not using their system to help ensure it stays clean. The orignially MSAS beta was designed similiarly.

What you want is a stand alone scanning feature that only scans on your demand so perhaps Defender is not for you.

In MSAS, you could disable auto scanning and it would not pester you with tray icons. All it would do that once you open MSAS, it juz shows a warning label at "Last Scan". However, in Windows Def, it creates a tray icon.

Actually, I need an antispyware that has real time protection, but allows me to manual scan without pestering me on when I should do so. I already have a stand alone scanner, a^2. Hence, I use Win Def more as a protection instead of scanner.

Edited by oRCaz, 15 March 2006 - 07:48 AM.

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