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Solutions: Windows Defender still works even if it says it's off

I have a question about Windows Defender. I've completed the removal of the McAfee software and installed the Security Essentials which seems to be working fine. When I go to the Action Center and click on Security it shows that Security Essentials is "ON." Right below that there is an entry for Spyware and unwanted software protection, which also shows "ON." There is also a link below there that for "View installed antispyware programs." When I click on it, a box pops up and it has two entries: Microsoft Security Essentials – ON and Windows Defender – OFF. Does the Defender need to be turned on?

My system shows the same status, and that is a normal state when Security Essentials is installed. Windows Defender is already packaged inside of Microsoft Security Essentials, but it can be run separately if you decide to turn off or uninstall Security Essentials. That is why you see it listed separately under the "View installed Antispyware programs" link.

I often copy recipes from the Internet and paste to my Word 2007 program on my Windows 7 laptop. Just about every time I do this, the first time a large oval black dot appears in Word.

Properties indicate it is some sort of picture. I delete it, go back to the still highlighted text, and copy and paste exactly the same way again. The second and subsequent efforts always work perfectly. Can you tell me where this annoying "image" is coming from?

You may be inadvertently selecting some HTML and Word will try to recreate this in the document, which is the default Paste mode in Word. Try this: Instead of just pasting as usual, click Paste Special and select "unformatted text."

I tried your fixes for adjusting the zoom level within Internet Explorer and they work, but they do not stay at that new bigger adjustment. Could you please tell me how I could make it permanent?

Good question. I don't know why, but there doesn't appear to be an easy way to set this permanently. It can be done using a registry edit, but I only recommend doing registry edits if the user feels comfortable performing the proper precautions of setting a System Restore point, and then being able to go back to that Restore point if needed. Use Google to search on "setting a system restore point" to find more information. It's not difficult, and it's a good thing to know.

Now for the registry edit. Go slowly and follow the instructions exactly: click Start, Run and type regedit and click OK. Drill down to the target key by double-clicking each of the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER, then Software, then Microsoft, then Internet Explorer.

Scroll down to find the Zoom key and click it once to select it. On the right side of the window you'll see the ResetZoomOnStartup2 sub-key. It will be set to the number 1. Double-click ResetZoomOnStartup2 and change the value to the number 0 and click OK. You can close regedit. Now Internet Explorer will remember your zoom level each time you start it.

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Solutions: Windows Defender still works even if it says it's off 08/19/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 19, 2012 8:04pm]
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