Windows 8: Full Scan with Windows Defender

This section provides a tutorial example on how to perform a full scan manually and review scan results with Windows Defender on Windows 8 systems.

It seems that Windows Defender does not support automated scheduled scanning. So you should perform scan yourself manually.

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

2. Click the "Home" tab and click the "Scan now" button for a quick scan. Windows defender will perform a quick scan on your hard disk for any unwanted items.

Scan completed on 95774 items
   No threads were detected on your PC during this scan

3. Select "Full" and click "Scan now" on the right side. Windows defender will perform a full scan this time. It will take much longer this time. When the scan is done, you will a scan report:

Scan completed on 1331404 items
   This app detected a potential threat on your PC

4. Click "Scan details" near the bottom. You will see the "Potential threat details" message box with:

This app detected a potential threat that might compromise your
privacy or damage your PC. Your access to this item might be 
suspended until you take action.

Detected items               Alert level  Status  Recommended action
Trojan:Win32/Mywife.E!CME24  Severe       Active  Remove  

5. Do some research on Internet to understand what is "Win32/Mywife.E!CME24". Then click "Clear PC" to remove infected items.

Don't click "Clear PC" before reviewing threat details.

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

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


 PDF Printing Version