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Windows Defender is blocked-- is this normal?

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Hi there,

I don't normally use Windows Defender, but for some random reason I was curious if I had it turned on. When I went to the window, it was turned off, so I clicked the button to turn it on. Upon doing so, I got this error message: "This program is blocked by your group policy. For more information, contact your system administrator. (Error Code: 0x800704ec)"


The two other anti-virus/malware programs I'm running are: Malwarebytes Premium and Avast!.

Do any of those block Windows Defender, or is it some type of malware I should be looking for?



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It really depends what version of Widows you are running, Malwarebytes will not turn off Windows Defender. Upto and including Windows 7 Avast will not affect Windows Defender, for Windows 8 WD will be turned off if Avast is active.

WD is purely anti-spyware/Malware for Windows upto and including Windows 7, for Windows 8 it has Anti-virus components, hence there would be a clash with Avast so Avast is given priority...


So we need to know what version of Windows you have.....



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