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Working with Windows Defender

Working with Windows Defender

Before we get into the bulk of today’s tip, I’d like to go over some Windows Defender basics with you first. So, let’s check it out!

Basically, Windows Defender (found in Windows Vista) automatically blocks all startup items that require administrator privileges to run. (That is usually considered bad behavior for a startup item). There is no known easy way to automatically unblock these items though. The only suggestion given is to “contact the software vendor for an updated version,” which is Vista compatible and does not require administrator privileges to run.

So, Windows Defender offers three ways to help keep spyware and other potentially unwanted software from infecting your computer. Here they are:

Okay, now we can move on! Here’s how you can stop an application from running in your Windows Vista startup, by using Windows Defender.

There are ways to stop an application from running during startup while loading Windows Vista. The computer becomes a bit slow and takes a lot of time while loading up if there are a lot of programs in the startup. To remove all these from your startup in Windows Vista, just follow these steps:

1.) Go to Start, Control Panel.

2.) Type “startup” in the search box.

3.) Look for the link that says “Stop a program from running at startup.”

4.) You can use the Windows Defender screen to manage the startup screen. Just disable or remove it from the startup menu.

So, the next time you turn on your computer, the disabled program won’t load along with Windows. How cool is that? And even better, how easy was that? Give it a try today!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami