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what is this "workability alert "?from defender? virus?

by disabledcomponent / July 31, 2014 5:30 PM PDT

This stupid window stared popping up ALL the time that says"workability alert
core components are disabled
defender has detected that core components of video downloader are disabled
please choose one of the following:-enable or
-remind me later

with an ok button .there is NO x or way to close it, stays in front of everything!!! I want it to go away forever!.. i dont think i even have defender, i use avast and mbam. any help would be very appriciated:)

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Re: defender
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 31, 2014 5:43 PM PDT

The only google hit for that (rahter strange) message is http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-security/does-defender-have-a-workability-alert/94274f3b-2201-4d8d-953e-7218c3cd3e58 and it doesn't really help.

Try one of the following:
- disable windows defender (assuming that's the program that gives the message): http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-disable-or-enable-windows-defender-in-windows-8-1/ tells how to do it in Windows 8.1 (you didn't tell your OS, so this might be inapplicable)
- uninstall that video downloader

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thanks for helping!
by disabledcomponent / July 31, 2014 5:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: defender

Its on an hp dv7 running windows7. and I tried to uninstall defender, but it is not in my programs list, and in aalready uninstalled the vid downloader...........

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Ok! thank you that turned off defender! t
by disabledcomponent / July 31, 2014 6:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Link only

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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Keep in mind
by Jimmy Greystone / July 31, 2014 11:32 PM PDT

Keep in mind that the error message you're getting could very well mean that you have some kind of malware problem. Malware that disabled Windows Defender, but didn't squelch the alerts that pop up to warn you that something might be wrong because the program isn't working.

Windows Defender might be just this side of worthless, but it can function as a decent coal mine canary; alerting you to potential problems by its demise.

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