On Tue, 27 Jan 2009 03:30:37 +0900, "diggerop" <toobusy@xxxxxx>
>Have you switched off Defender at some stage?
Yes, I have on two other occasions but the first time I didn't have
the tray icon "always" on so I only noticed this problem after the
second time I turned it off and then back on...sigh.
>Out of curiosity, (and being foolhardy,) I unchecked Defender in the Startup
>tab of System Configuration, then re-booted.
Would you like to try this again?
>Then looked Services which still showed Defender as Started/Automatic!
>... No tray icon.
Yes, same here.
>I then went back into System Configuration, checked Defender again and
So far so good...
>I then had the exactly the same symptoms as you ... Defender reported as
>running in Services, no tray icon unless I opened Defender myself.
>Made sure everything was checked, re-booted again but to no avail.
>My fix was to do a system restore, which brought everything back to normal.
>If you haven't already done so, it might pay to look at Startup in System
>Configuration. Perhaps system restore is an option for you?
It is a good option and I tried it. I had to go back 3 days which
wasn't much of a bother before finding the restore point where I had
left msconfig Startup for WinDefend unchecked--and I think this was
the earliest I can use--it is now the latest in a sense. The restore
was successful and I first rechecked the Startup. Rebooted the
computer... Went through the WinDefend options to turn everything
back on including the tray icon on "always". Manually checked for
updates. Closed Defender. Opened it to see if all the choices still
stuck. Verified Services showed Started and Automatic and Services in
the Task Manager showed Running. Rebooted the computer and waited
long enough that everything was running and the machine was settled
down but the Windows Defender icon was no where to be found in the
tray. I reviewed all the settings and nothing had changed--"Always"
was still checked.
I need new ideas to try. Maybe a Regedit key to check and modify?
Perhaps it is time for a Google search? I found a different possible
solution. Will report back. It seems like many have noticed this
problem and have been or were looking for solutions.
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