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Enabling Windows Defender opens System32 folder (FIX)

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  1. How to enable Windows Defender if it is turned off and you cannot turn it on by normal means
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  4. by Ananth Balasubramaniam
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  6. To fix this error, first take control of
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  8. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows Defender using the method described here (http://www.groovypost.com/howto/take-full-permissions-control-edit-protected-registry-keys/). Note that if you do not see the "owner" tab as mentioned, change the owner from "SYSTEM" to your user name.
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  10. After that, you ought to be able to edit the "DisableAntivirus" and "DisableAntiSpyware" keys to 0 and Windows defender will open normally.
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  12. I recommend changing the permissions on this key back to SYSTEM when done.
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  14. Phew! Thanks, Microsoft. You really ought to put this in an FAQ somewhere.
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