Slow PC After Pro Install? Disable Windows Defender

Slow PC After Pro Install? Disable Windows Defender

Slow PC After Pro Install? Disable Windows Defender

After installing System Mechanic Pro, some Windows 7 users may experience system slowdown due to an AV conflict easily resolved by disabling Windows Defender, Microsoft’s default virus/spyware protection. If you are already running a real-time AV solution from a third party, this step is most likely unnecessary. If you are not, you should disable Windows Defender. (You may have already received a message from System Mechanic indicating that System Shield real-time protection could not be enabled due to a conflict with Windows Defender.)

To turn off Windows Defender:

  1. Click the Windows Start button.
  2. Type “Windows Defender” in the dialog box and select it when it appears.
  3. When Windows Defender opens, select Options > Administrator.
  4. In the box on the right, uncheck “Use this Program.”
  5. Click Save and Exit.

You can also check Windows Defender’s status (i.e., whether it is enabled or not) by following these steps:

  1. Windows Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Action Center.
  2. Click on the down arrow on the right side of the Security section to fully expand it.
  3. Scroll to Virus protection and click Show me the antivirus programs on this computer. A window opens that displays the current status of each AV program installed on your computer.
  4. Repeat step 3, this time scrolling to Spyware and unwanted software protection, then clicking View installed antispyware programs.
Topic Information
  • Topic #: 16098-1152
  • Date Created: 03/29/2017
  • Last Modified Since: 03/29/2017
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