Windows 8: Customizing Windows Defender Settings

This section provides a tutorial example on how to review and customize Windows Defender settings on Windows 8 systems.

After turning on Windows Defender, you should continue to review and customize its settings.

1. Type in and run "Window Defender" in the "Search > Apps" input field.

2. Click the "Settings" tab and click "Real-time protection" on the left side. You will see the real-time protection setting.

[x] Turn on real-time protection (recommended)
   Real-time protection alerts you whenever malicious or potentional 
   unwanted software attempts to install itself or run on your PC.

3. Click "Advanced" on the left side and turn all settings:

[x] Scan archive files
   Include any archive files, such as .zip ro .cab files.

[x] Scan removable drives
   Include removable drives, such as USB flash drive, when running
   a full scan.

[x] Create a system restore point
   Create a system restore point before removing, running, or 
   quarantining detected items.
   
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4. Click "Administrator" on the left side. You will the turn on or off switch:

[x] Turn on this app
   When this check box is checked, this app will alert all users
   if spyware or other potentially unwanted software attempts to 
   run or install itself on this PC.

5. Click the "Save changes" button to save changes.

The picture below shows you Windows Defender settings on a Windows 8 system:
Windows 8 - Windows Defender Settings

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 8: What Is Windows Defender

 Windows 8: Turning on Windows Defender

Windows 8: Customizing Windows Defender Settings

 Windows 8: Full Scan with Windows Defender

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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