Windows Defender "Service has stopped"

  ardeebee 12:44 28 Feb 2011

Windows Defender is set to start when I log into Windows (XP Home premium) but within a few seconds it closes down with the message "Service has stopped. A problem caused this program's service to stop." It can be started again manually and then appears to keep running.
Any suggestions why this should occur and how I can prevent it happening in future.
I use AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011.

  johndrew 13:57 28 Feb 2011

AVG automatically shuts Windows Defender as it starts. The only way to have both running is to manually start Defender after you are up and running.

  ardeebee 15:21 28 Feb 2011

Thank you. I wondered if that might be the reason. Does the version of AVG that I have give sufficient protection to run without Windows Defender?

  johndrew 14:20 01 Mar 2011

I would run Spyware Blaster click here which blocks 'nasties' and something like Spyware Terminator click here on top of AVG. No single product will give 100% protection/detection and it is difficult to get even a selection that covers everything.

However, you must never run more than one anti-virus program at any time as they will almost certainly conflict and cause problems. You can run an anti-spyware program in parallel as they are unlikely to do so. Those above will run quite happily with AVG.

  ardeebee 14:58 01 Mar 2011

Thank you.

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