Windows Defender



I'm trying to turn on Windows Defender and I'm getting a message that states
"Window Defender is turned off by Group policy". It goes on to say "contact
your system administrator to enable Windows Defender via group policy". This
is my home PC and I don't have a system administrator. Any suggestions on how
to get Windows Defender enabled would be appreciated. Thanks


Hello Tomahac,

What antivirus or suite is installed on the computer?

What is the virus/malware-status of the machine?
Be sure it's clean

Use SUPERAntiSpyware (SAS) and/or Malwarebytes Antimalware

There is a free version (on demand scanning only)

Malwarebytes Antimalware <>
After the software (MBAM) is updated, it is suggested scanning the system in
Regular Mode.


Also free,
After the software (SAS) is updated, it is suggested scanning the system in
Safe Mode.


Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your computer.

Both free versions of MBAM and SAS are on-demand scanners and offer no
'real-time' protection. Keep them installed and use them as
'second-opinion' scanner which is purposely (by design) recommended by
their respective authoÑs.

Scan your computer now online and clean it for free!

Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software

Please follow the above sugestions

I hope this post is helpful.

Let us know how it works ºut.

Good luck

Do *not* install and/or run MBAM in Safe Mode - it is designed to be at full
power in Normal Mode, and in actual fact, uses a special driver that does not
work in Safe Mode. >>This advice comes from the MBAM developers themselves.<<

Using MBAM in Safe Mode should only be a *last resort* when all else fails.

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