How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8
We all know that Windows 8 is much more secure as compared to the previous Windows OS. This is mainly due to 3 major enhancements in Windows 8; an improved emphasis on UEFI Secure Boot optimizations, the extension of the SmartScreen Filter throughout the operating system, and the default addition of a stronger version of Windows Defender. With all these 3 components in place, Windows 8 is ready to protect your PC from all kinds of malware.
However, if you have purchased a brand new PC and it came packaged with trial versions of McAfee, Norton and or security suites, then in probability your Windows defender is deactivated. But what happens when you fail to register that third party security software? Windows 8 will not automatically reactivate Windows Defender by default. This means your PC is pretty much open to all kinds of malicious threats out there.
Here is the good news…Windows Defender can be activated quite easily. Here's a quick troubleshoot on, how to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8
Go to the Start Screen
The first thing that you need to do is head to the stylish Start screen and type "Windows Defender" to have Windows search for the program. Once you get the program, click on the Windows Defender icon that will show the Windows Defender window on your desktop.
Â Go to settings
Now click on the Settings tab at the top of the window. You will need to check if ‘real-time protection’ is selected in the left pane. Now check the box that is next to "Turn on real-time protection (recommended)." Now all you need to do is click on the ‘save changes’ at the bottom of the window.
Check PC Status
Till now your Windows 8 was probably giving you a dangerous red sign stating, ‘At risk’. Once you have activated your Windows Defender it would gradually turn into green and the status would show ‘PC Status: Protected.’
Check for leaks
Now comes the actual check. Make sure your Windows 8 PC is actually malware free. Click on the Update tab and then click on the big Update button in the middle of the Window. You will be able to download the latest malware definitions Microsoft has on file.
Now open the Home tab and select the ‘Full’ radio button in the Scan Options list. Now click on the ‘Scan Now’ and let Windows Defender do the rest for you.
Congratulations, you have activated Windows Defender in Windows 8 and now your PC is now completely protected.
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