Solved How to restore Windows Defender desktop icon

Dell / Inspiron 17r
June 10, 2018 at 19:45:27
Specs: Windows 10, 2.3/8
After I updated to Windows 10 version 1709, the Windows Defender desktop icon went blank. The text is there but the icon is visible but blank. When I checked “System” it indicated that Windows Defender is working. How can I restore the icon so that it is visible on the desktop?

Thank you.
Brian W


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✔ Best Answer
June 12, 2018 at 17:05:27
"I have no hang-up about the current Windows Defender which is quite different to the old versions"
+1

Windows Defender, Kaspersky Top Antivirus Test
http://news.softpedia.com/news/wind...

Every month the test result will be different, to me an AV shouldn't be intrusive. AV's that ask too many questions of an User, confuse the user & usually they just click.

Most infections are caused by the User clicking, because they are confused by the warning message, or conned by the wording.



#1
June 10, 2018 at 20:12:33
"The text is there but the icon is visible but blank"
Right click on it > Properties, can you Open File Location.

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#2
June 11, 2018 at 06:28:01
Johnw,

Thank you for your response. I can open file location; it then goes to Control Panel. What's next?

Thanks again,
Brian W


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#3
June 11, 2018 at 13:56:40
I suggest you get a decent AV program & not rely on Defender. Bitdefender is one of the best, if not THE best, of the freebies.
https://www.bitdefender.com/solutio...

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#4
June 11, 2018 at 15:41:46
"it then goes to Control Panel. What's next?"
Right click on it & select > Create shortcut.

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#5
June 11, 2018 at 15:53:16
Johnw,

I am confused; what do I right click?

Thank you.
Brian W



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#6
June 11, 2018 at 16:02:09
"what do I right click?
Defender in Control Panel, Brian.

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#7
June 11, 2018 at 16:03:27
Upload a screenshot if you get stuck.

File Convoy ( no time delays/Captcha-I'm not a Robot/account/registration needed ) Give us the links please.
http://www.fileconvoy.com/index.php


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#8
June 11, 2018 at 16:15:10

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#9
June 11, 2018 at 16:30:53
I have never bothered with a Defender shortcut Brian, here is another way.

If still stuck, upload a screenshot of the properties of your faulty shortcut.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials...

message edited by Johnw


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#10
June 11, 2018 at 16:40:28
Johnw,

Thank you for your assistance. I tried file convey and got "Windows Defender - Shortcut Catastrophic Failure". I think I'll forget about the icon and go to another anti-virus program as suggested by riider.

Thanks again,
Brian W



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#11
June 11, 2018 at 16:40:56
rrider,

Thank you for your suggestion. I'll try Bitdefender.

Brian W


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#12
June 11, 2018 at 21:55:13
You wont regret it, I'm also a happy BITdefender user!

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#13
June 12, 2018 at 06:47:26
1709 is not the latest update. If you install update 1803 it will no longer take you to the same place. It will take you to "windows Defender Security Center" instead which is quite different. It might well be that MS are incorporating that into 1709 for all I know - they seem to be insisting we change our ways. The old style Control Panel is on the way out too - bit by bit.

I have no hang-up about the current Windows Defender which is quite different to the old versions - it has served me well. Windows 10 itself is more secure than previous systems.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#14
June 12, 2018 at 16:37:27
Ewen,

Thank you for your comment.

Brian W


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#15
June 12, 2018 at 16:38:13
Derek,

I will update to 1803.

Thank you.
Brian W


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#16
June 12, 2018 at 17:05:27
✔ Best Answer
"I have no hang-up about the current Windows Defender which is quite different to the old versions"
+1

Windows Defender, Kaspersky Top Antivirus Test
http://news.softpedia.com/news/wind...

Every month the test result will be different, to me an AV shouldn't be intrusive. AV's that ask too many questions of an User, confuse the user & usually they just click.

Most infections are caused by the User clicking, because they are confused by the warning message, or conned by the wording.


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