Today, a generic looking pop-up informed me that when I opened an NFL website that allows the viewer to follow the statistics of a particular game by launching an applet and the information you seek is in the pop-up window. It's a little antiquated, but it does the job without relying upon the commercial sports networks and all of the fluff and nonsense that comes with their services.
Today, I received the message "Application blocked by security settings"
My next move is to overrule whatever security setting was triggered by my opening this perfectly benign application. I am relying upon the Microsoft Security Essentials and the Windows Firewall as my active anti virus/malware system. I do a weekly cleaning with cCleaner, thorough scan with Spy Bot Search and Destroy, and I use defraggler. Every month I use a combination of the Bleeping Computer's disinfectants to remove junkware, malware, adware, etc. I seem to stay ahead of the fray while preserving the memory that is consumed by so many commercial anti-virus/malware scanners.
I am open to suggestions for improving my process.
In the meantime, when I started digging through Microsoft 7 to address the issue, I find out that "Windows Defender" is turned off. It will not turn back on manually or through restarting. One clue I received was that it is "Out of Date". Using Windows Update did not rectify this problem. So, I am stuck with Windows Defender that will not turn on.
Microsoft Security Essentials is functioning as is the firewall. Spybot Search and Destroy was also turned off, but I was able to manually turn it back on.
I am not sure if one needs MS Security Essentials AND Windows Defender. I do not believe that the free installation of Spybot S&D provides much real time protection as I have to update it manually before I scan for malware.
Attached are screen shots of the events described above.
I will be glad to run the mini toolbox utility, but I will wait for the instructions of the good samaritan who responds to my problem.
Edited by hamluis, 22 September 2014 - 09:30 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Am I Infected - Hamluis.