Can I fool Windows into thinking a virus scanner is installed?
For "authentication" purposes I'm required to have an up-to-date anti-virus and firewall installed on my computer. I suspect the check is done with Windows (7), as it is capable of monitoring anti-virus and firewall status.
Of course anti-viruses are simply a waste of computer resources so I don't want to install a real one. My question is if there are any good (non-malicious, effective) "fake" anti-viruses that simply pretend an AV is on your computer to trick Windows, without actually having the functionality behind them.