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  • Windows Defender issues

    Posted on January 7th, 2017 at 14:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Long-time AskWoody denizen GW writes:

    I use Windows 8.1 and have set Windows Update to “check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”

    In October 2016 when Microsoft changed their method of updating through Windows Update I decided to reluctantly take the Group A approach. I had hoped that by doing this, the whole process would be less frustrating. However this hasn’t been the case

    I have progressively had more problems with getting Defender to work

    It seems that once there are patches listed in Windows Update it won’t list any defender definition updates and if they aren’t listed in Windows Update I can’t update manually update with Windows Defender. The only way I can get around this is to manually download the definition updates directly from the Microsoft site.

    However once I installed the December 2016 patches through Windows Update the definition updates have been appearing on a daily basis in Windows Update. I haven’t had a problem since

    As a matter interest when I install monthly patches through Windows Update the process can take between 5 minutes and 5-6 hours. Similarly when installing definition updates for Defender it can be almost instantaneous or an hour. In fact today it took 2 hours and 40 minutes, just about a record

    I have a monthly allowance for my wireless broadband connection of 3GB  so it really hurts if I have to download definition updates directly from the Microsoft website

    Thanks for your assistance dating back 7-8 years when I first saw one of your books in the local library When I made the move to Windows 8.1 I purchased your Windows All-In-One for Dummies and it was a great help, still use it to this day. I have used “askwoody” for a probably the last 5 years and your advise has kept me safe from most issues. I need all the help I can get

    I hope that I have conveyed the problems I am currently having, not being that computer savvy