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When I boot up on XP it asks me to pay for upgrade for Microsoft Defender

By mpholley ·
Every time I logon to my XP machine a window pops up, before I can get
anywhere I have close several windows as it keeps asking to pay for
upgrade for Microsoft Defender. I don't understand what/why I keep
getting this to pop up since Microsoft Defender is free and I have already
had it loaded. Has anyone had this issue/error? If so, I would like some
help with this issue and to hear from anyone that might know what this
about.

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I think what you are seeing is the support popup..

This (on some systems) does have price to it. But yes you are right in saying it is free. But beware this might be a malware product that is after your money so (if you can) delete it from your add and remove box or just click on the box icon and select "exit or close". Then get spybot to run (just in case it is malware):
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
When all is clear and ok the download from here (if you want to that is) Windows defender: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=435BFCE7-DA2B-4A6A-AFA4-F7F14E605A0D&displaylang=en
Hope this helps you.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Check out the 9 May'08 TR posting below

by nepenthe0 In reply to When I boot up on XP it a ...

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=263150&start=0

This 9 May'08 TR posting discusses solutions for malware pop-ups such as what you describe. I'm not sure if it's the same problem.

Regarding Defender, you may be able to suppress the annoying reminder by right clicking the system tray icon, opening the application, and configuring it for manual updates.

Also, check Scheduled Tasks and delete any Defender entry. This does no violence to Defender - the entry would be a shortcut.

Check Control Panel > Update Manager and see if Defender is listed there. Configure for manual (rather than automatic) updates.

If an application exasperates me, I'm quick to uninstall it. There are two excellent freeware antispyware applications which would probably confer antispyware protection equal to or better than Defender:

Spybot Search & Destroy

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Spyware Blaster

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/index.html

These are complementary, not duplicative - I have used both for many years, and recommend a donation to these outstanding programmers. Be advised that neither program provides antivirus protection.

Hope this helps.

Rick/Portland, OR

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