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".
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.
How odd, I still get the same error message when trying to open that link.
From using my mothers laptop last weekend it appears W8 does not come with MSE, it comes with Defender, Defender is running but there is no icon showing that it is running like it does on my PC and Laptop with W7.
I just read your last 2 posts on the next page, thanks.
Yes, on W7 I run MSE for real time protection and Defender will not work, now I understand why. But I run SAS and Malwarebytes once a week.
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