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Windows 7 updates just keep coming


thumbscrew

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I recently upgraded from XP to Windows 7 and I'm astonished by the number and frequency of Microsoft updates that I receive. Whereas XP pretty much only updated on Patch Tuesday,I now get updates every few days and they're still arriving. Can anyone explain why there are so many, so often?

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Jock1e

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13 tonight for W/8.

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Jock1e

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Just upgraded they will give you the most important ones for your computer first then keep finding more but always best to install them in sequence.

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Batch

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If you have Windows Defender running, the malware signature updates for it come every few days via Windows Update. That may well explain your situation.

I find it a bit of a pain as I don't want 'normal' Windows Updates to install automatically, just notify. But I'd prefer Windows Defender signature updates to install automatically (just like my Avast ones do). But seems you can't have it both ways.

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thumbscrew

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Thanks Jock. Batch, had another seven today...this is becoming silly! I've just checked and found Defender turned on. I'm unsure if I should disable it....any negatives if I do?

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Jock1e

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If you don't use Defender turn it off.I also turn Windows Updates off and turn it back on on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

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nickf

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If you do decide to turn off windows defender , please make sure you have an anti-virus program running

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Batch

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Windows Defender is more of an anti spyware / malware software app than being an anti-virus. See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/products/features/windows-defender

If you haven't got any other similar software I'd suggest keeping Defender (as well as a good anti-virus). Apart from the frequent updates I don't find Defender intrusive.

The 7 updates you've reported above will probably be due to Microsoft's monthly roll-out of updates that happens on 2nd Tuesday of the month.

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thumbscrew

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Thanks Batch, Jock and Nick...I've still got Avast, wouldn't that suffice?

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Jock1e

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Yes that would be ok.Defender is at the bottom of the list when it comes to anti malware programs.

If you do not have one try MalwareBytes.Emisoft or Superantispyware.

1st thin I always do on a computer is switch Defender off.

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nickf

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I agree with Jock1e , I can certainly recommend malwarebytes .

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