Solved Remove outdated threat notifications from Defender


dsscottage

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I'm getting really frustrated with Win 11. I appreciate the need for great security but it seems that the only thing Win 11 is doing is preventing me from doing what I need. This is just one of many issues.(rant finished)

Defender picked up a couple of threats that were false positives. I removed the offending files manually but Defender continues to report the threats.

In Defender, I clicked on each of the threats and clicked the "Remove" radio button, then start actions. The notifications are still there.

I've searched for a solution and a post in the MS site recommends deleting the files from C:/program data/Microsoft/Windows Defender/Scans. I tried this but Win won't allow me access to this folder.

Another post recommends booting into safe mode and deleting the files. I did this and there are 6 folders and several files in those folders. I found what might have been the correct files but Win tells me that the files are in use in another program and can't delete them.

Another post recommended running another scan and rebooting. I did this but the threat notifications re still there.


HELP! How do I get rid of this nuisance?
 
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Win 11 23H2 Build 22631.3007

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You might try this:

(Perhaps print this out, because you won't have access to this set of instructions when you're not in Windows.)

In the shutdown menu, hold down the shift key and click Restart.

Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.

In CMD, type

cd C:\ (Enter)

cd\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender (Enter)

rd /s /q Scans (Enter)

exit (Enter)
 
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    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
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    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
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    Lenovo 3132
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    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
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    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
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    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
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    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
Wisewiz,

That did the trick.

Thank you so much. You are a star. You've helped me again.

Just to continue my rant for a second - You'd think that there should be an easier way. (end rant)
 

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    Win 11 Pro
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    Dell
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    Intel i9-13900
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0XD433 A01
    Memory
    Corsair Vengence DDR5 RAM 64GB (2x32GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 4800 16GB
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 32UP83A-W
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    3840x2160
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    2x 2TB M.2 PCI SSD (4TB total)
    PSU
    750W
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    Dell
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    Dell Performance liquid cooling
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    Dell KB522
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    Logitech M310
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    500Mb down, 35Mb up
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    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
@dsscottage

I'm delighted that you got it. :clap:

I think I may have reminded you about this in another thread, but I'm not sure, so here goes (If you're the one, just ignore this):

When volunteers here take the time to try to help, and especially when their efforts pay off, it's really appreciated when you show appreciation by clicking one of the three left-hand choices that come up when you click Like. The volunteer gets a point if you just click Like, three points if you click Helpful, and five points if you click Great Support. Those points help members to advance through the ranks here on eleven forum. It's not the case that everybody here works just for the points. Most of us really care about helping other Windows users solve technical difficulties. But the points are a great morale booster for volunteers. Thanks.
 
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    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
I didn't know about clicking all three. I previously clicked "like" but wasn't aware of the other two.

I hope that I did it correctly. I clicked all three but it looked to me that only one of the emojis took effect.

I'll remember that in the future. I really appreciate the help that you and others provide in these forums. It not only solves problems but serves as learning experiences.

Thank you again!
 

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    Intel i9-13900
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0XD433 A01
    Memory
    Corsair Vengence DDR5 RAM 64GB (2x32GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 4800 16GB
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 32UP83A-W
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    2x 2TB M.2 PCI SSD (4TB total)
    PSU
    750W
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell Performance liquid cooling
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    Dell KB522
    Mouse
    Logitech M310
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    500Mb down, 35Mb up
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    Chrome
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    Windows Defender
I didn't know about clicking all three. I previously clicked "like" but wasn't aware of the other two.

I hope that I did it correctly. I clicked all three but it looked to me that only one of the emojis took effect.
All you do is pick ONE of the left-hand three (Like=1, Helpful=3, or Great Support=5) and click it. And you can go back to a post and re-click to change your choice if you ever want to.
 

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  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
OK. Done.

Thank you again for your Great Support!
 

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  • OS
    Win 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Intel i9-13900
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0XD433 A01
    Memory
    Corsair Vengence DDR5 RAM 64GB (2x32GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 4800 16GB
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 32UP83A-W
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    2x 2TB M.2 PCI SSD (4TB total)
    PSU
    750W
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell Performance liquid cooling
    Keyboard
    Dell KB522
    Mouse
    Logitech M310
    Internet Speed
    500Mb down, 35Mb up
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Thank you for your generosity.

Dan
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
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