Windows 8: Turning on Windows Defender

This section provides a tutorial example on how to turn on Windows Defender for real-time protection on Windows 8 systems.

To try Windows Defender on Windows 8 system, you should turn it on first.

1. Type in and run "Window Defender" in the "Search > Apps" input field. You will see a message box saying:

This app has been turned off and isn't monitoring your computer

If you're using another app to check for malicious or unwanted
software, use Action Center to check that app's status.

2. Go to "Control Panel\System and Security\Action Center". You will see a red alert in the security section:

Spyware and unwanted software protection (Important)
   Windows Defender is turned off

[Turn on now]

3. Click the "Turn on now" button. You will see "Windows Defender" screen with a green message:

Your PC is being monitored and protected.
   Real-time protection: on

4. Click the "Update" tab. You will see the virus and spyware definition update status:

Virus and spyware definition: Created 558 days ago

   Your virus and spyware definition haven't been updated lately. 
   You should update them now to help protect your PC.


5. Click the "Update" button. Windows defender will start to download the latest virus and spyware definition from Microsoft. When update is done, you the status will change to "up to date".

The picture below shows you Windows Defender turned on for a Windows 8 system:
Windows 8 - Windows Defender Turned On

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