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Placing Windows defender in the hidden icons


bturner

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On my laptop with Windows 7 I have Microsoft security essentials running and an icon is in the hidden icons box on the bar at the bottom of the screen.

My Mother just bought a laptop and has Windows Defender running in Windows 8 and would like it to be in the hidden icons box, how do I get it in there please?

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Jock1e

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Little arrow on the Taskbar beside the icons.Click on that and press customise.Then use the dropdown bar across from Windows Defender or whatever it is called and choose the setting that you want.

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rdave13

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Not sure it will allow it. The icon needs to be there to show when necessary to run a scan. Worth a try though.

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Jock1e

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rdave13

I always run my scans manually when I want them to run and I always keep mine set to only show notifications.

That way they don't appear on the taskbar so I just go into customise and run them from there.

Now not sure if that is what bturner wants to do or not or whether MSE is Different but that's the way I do mine.

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rdave13

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Should work then. I suppose it will then only show when a scan is needed.

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bturner

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rdave, you are right, the icon needs to be there in order to customise.

Today I downloaded Superantispyware and the SAS icon automatically placed itself in the hidden icons section on the bottom tool bar.

I do have Defender running but there is no icon in the hidden icons section. It would be nice to know if it's running fine or not.

If I want to check microsoft security essentials is running on Windows 7 I click the small triangle which lets me see all the icons and I hover the cursor over the MSE icon and it lets me know "PC status: Protected".

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Zeppelyn

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There's a little app written that will do this for you, its called Windows Defender Status Manager. I've installed it and it works ok although for some strange reason if you hover over the icon in the notification area there's a little red x on the icon but it all works just fine.

http://www.ghacks.net/2013/01/27/windows-defender-status-manager-makes-security-easier/

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bturner

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Thank-you.

So in your opinion it is perfectly safe to download this app and install it? I have to ask as it is my Mothers laptop.

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bturner

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Also when I go to your link and click the blue link on that page I HTTP 404 not found.

http://www.itknowledge24.com/downloads/windows-defender-status-manager.php

Is that link working for anyone else?

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Jock1e

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Works ok for me maybe it has been fixed.

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Jock1e

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Defender is probably part of MSE now so you will not have both running.

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