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by: MarkFlax July 21, 2006 3:35 AM PDT

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Windows Defender - Creates System Restore Checkpoints

by MarkFlax Moderator - 7/21/06 3:35 AM

Hi all,

I was going to post this at the Microsoft Windows Defender Community Forum rather than bother yourselves, but I got depressed by their setup and layout, so I've come here to the forums I understand and know, happy

Question:

I've noticed that Windows Defender creates a lot of System Restore Checkpoints, sometimes multiple checkpoints a day.

My own System Restore calendar shows, for example;

Today, (currently 11:25 am) - 10:11:59 Windows Defender Checkpoint.
Yesterday - 09:02:14 Windows Defender Checkpoint
Yesterday: - 15:57:05 Windows Defender Checkpoint
Yesterday: - 16:02:59 Windows Defender Checkpoint
Yesterday: - 19:03:10 WIndows Defender Checkpoint
Wednesday: - 6 Windows Defender Checkpoints

and so on.......

Has anyone else noticed this?

I did a check the other day on disk space. After running Disk Cleanup and using it to remove all but the latest SR point, I recovered over 12 GB's of disk space.

I've been through all of Windows Defender program window options and their help file, and can see no option to limit the checkpoints.

Are these random, or is my computer so riddled with spyware that WD is setting checkpoints every few hours? Or is there some other reason?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

WD runs in the background, and I use WD to scan every Wednesday, and I back it up with Ewido scans, Spybot scans, and also SpywareBlaster, all up to date. I also use ZA and AVG.

Mark

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