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If you are using windows 7 or 8 operating system in your computer, you will see it provides the feature of virus and spyware protection that is inbuilt in the operating system. Only you have to update the virus and spyware definitions. If you are updating it and getting error message when start windows 7 based computer then you will get the process to fix virus and spyware definition update error in windows 7. The update of virus protection is very necessary if you are not using any other antivirus in your system. It is the default antivirus of the windows based operating system. This is the one of the best feature of windows based operating system. When you update the virus and spyware protection in windows 7 and when you start first time after updating then you may get the following error message.

Virus & spyware definitions update failed

Microsoft Security Essentials wasn’t able to check for virus & spyware definition updates. Make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet and try again.


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Causes of windows 7 updating error

This is a very common error of windows 7 based computer that occurs due to connection problem. If you are not connecting to the internet and then you are trying to update the virus protection then you may receive the above error message. After the updating windows virus protection when the computer start first time then it requires the internet connection, if the connection is not available then you will face the error message in your computer.


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Process to fix virus and spyware definitions update error in windows 7

If you do not want to face this error then it is must the computer is to be connected through internet. If it is connected then try to download the windows virus and spyware definition update in the computer. When you will connect your computer to the internet then you have to follow these steps to download windows updates.

  • Click on start button and then type Microsoft Security Essentials in program search text box and then press enter. When it will search then click on Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • After open it you have to click on update that is available on the update tab.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials checks that the update is available or not and then if update available then update it.

You will not face this error again during the update of windows virus and spyware definition.

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“Virus & spyware definitions update failed” error message when you start a new Windows 7-based computer that has Microsoft Security Essentials preinstalled

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