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  • What is group policy and how do I turn Defender back on?
    • Moved by Lisa M-Microsoft Support Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:39 PM (From:Windows Vista Security, Privacy, and User Accounts)
    Saturday, March 20, 2010 3:26 AM

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  • Hi bluxr6,

    You can use the Windowsdefender.adm Group Policy template file to control the policy settings for Windows Defender when Windows Defender is installed on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP or a later operating system.

    By default, the installation location of Windows Defender is the C:\Program Files\Windows Defender folder. The Group Policy administrative template file is put in the Windows Defender folder when you install Windows Defender. The file name of the Group Policy administrative template is Windowsdefender.adm. In Windows XP, the Windowsdefender.adm file is in the C:\Windows\inf folder. In Windows Vista, the Windowsdefender.adm file is in the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder.

    You can use the Windowsdefender.adm template file to control the following policy settings for Windows Defender by following the instructions in the link below.

    Description of the Windows Defender Group Policy administrative template settings
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927367

    Please post back and let us know if this has helped to resolve your issue.

    Regards,
    KarthiK TP

    Saturday, March 20, 2010 11:13 PM
  • Hi KarthiK,

             I went to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder, only to find there is no Windowsdefender.adm file.

             I am running Vista Home Premium SP2.

             What next?

    Sunday, March 21, 2010 12:04 AM
  • i am having the same problem.  I got 2 viruses when my daughter deleted my norton.  They were called lvx.exe and something like lnixua.exe   I reinstalled my antivirus software and it will not let me update definations nor will it let me turn on windows defender.  any help would be much appreciated.  I looked in the policydef. folder but there is no windowsdefender.adm file.  thanks in advance :)
    • Proposed as answer by pearlwheat1 Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:07 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by pearlwheat1 Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:07 AM
    Thursday, March 25, 2010 1:33 AM