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Blocking Startup Programs


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#1 Jim in Minn

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 08:49 PM

Got a new laptop with Windows Vista. Installed latest Windows Defender. WD Software Explorer shows that WD is blocking several startup programs. These are legitimate programs I would like to run at startup, such as utilities provided by the laptop manufacturer, and a utility for the graphics card.

Unfortunately I cannot enable them to run at startup. Their status is "not yet classified" and the remove-disable-enable buttons at the bottom of Software Explorer are grayed out.

What to do? :thumbsup: Thanks for any help.

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#2 fozzie

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 03:13 AM

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Click the link "Using Software Explorer" to open help which explains how the feature works. For more info see the linkhere

Don't be concerned about programs identified as "not yet classified" as long as you know what they are. There are a lot of programs that MS throws into this category like NOD32 anti-virus. Even though a program may be listed as "not yet classified", Defender does not interfere with it running. However, under Startup Programs you can choose to Remove or Diasable. Under Currently Running Programs you can end a task or open Task Manager to do the same.

Although Software Explorer provides some useful information, it is not one of the better features of Defender so I seldom use it.


Edited by fozzie, 15 April 2007 - 03:14 AM.





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