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Many thanks to those who answered my question. I guess Decemebr 31 triggered the 
error messages. I had to download a new version of WD and things seem OK now.
  Windows Defender is Microsoft's free anti-spyware software.  It does 
a very good job and I use it on my laptop.  I don't believe it comes 
installed on computers. So whoever had it before you must have put it 

There is a beta version that just expired on Dec. 31.  That might be 
the reason for your message.   You can install the latest 
version.  Just do a Google search for Windows Defender.  Be aware 
that before installing, your computer will have to communicate with 
Microsoft servers to validate your version of Windows.  I'm not sure 
the implications of running on a system that doesn't validate 
properly.  Also, don't use it if you are using Windows 
2000.  Defender is no longer supported for 2000.
  Windows Defender is a legitimate product, one that Microsoft purchased when it 
acquired GIANT Corp.  It is an integral part of Windows Vista, and is available as 
an add-on to earlier versions of Windows, such as XP or 2000.  Essentially, it is a 
spyware removal tool.  There is an informative article in Wikipedia, and also 
information on Microsoft's website.  If you are already running a third party 
anti-spyware program, you probably should avoid using Defender, since there have 
been reported incidents of multiple programs failing to work together amicably.  If 
you have Vista, you already have Defender and may not need a third party program.

Kathy Hintz, SLMS 
Librarian, Etc 
St. Patrick's Aademy 
Catskill, NY

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