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    Default Windows Defender on Windows 8

    Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT is with built-in Windows Defender. Here functions and how to enable Windows Defender on Windows 8 will be introduced.

    Windows Defender on Windows 8 is a security tool which provides real-time protection to your PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. When comes to red/yellow threads, Windows Defender will tell you what should do.

    Then how to enable Windows Defender on Windows 8?

    1. Enter Start screen--type "Windows Defender" to search--- click on the Windows Defender icon--pop up the Windows Defender window on the classic desktop.If you have disabled the windows security software, Windows Defender will warn you with a big X for dangerous.

    2. Click Settings tab at the top of the window. Make sure "Real-time protection" is selected in the left pane, then check the box next to "Turn on real-time protection (recommended)."

    3. Click Save Changes.

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    This didn't work for me. When I click on the Windows Defender icon I get a box saying WD has been turned off, with no options to go any further!

    If I click on the McAfee icon it says 'Your computer is at risk, You no longer have Mc Afee protection.
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    f I click on the Windows Defender icon on the desktop it takes me to a screen saying 'Windows Firewall with Advanced Security' There's a yellow band saying Mc Afee are managing these settings and the firewall is on. No mention of virus protection or Real-time protection.

    Can anyone tell me if I'm protected or not, and what should I do to get rid of Mc Afee and make sure WD is turned on?

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    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    'genius',

    > Programs & Features
    Find McAfee on the list & uninstall it. Reboot.
    Now > Action Center OR > Windows Defender and make sure it is ON. (Should be, by default, once McAfee is gone.)
    Also, make sure Windows Firewall is ON

    Cheers,
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    Thank you for that Drew, it's all on now but what a performance for something so vital to the computer's health. I can't make up my mind whether the people who dream this up are too clever for their own good, or just too sharp for the rest of us.

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    It's just really cool that Windows 8 has security embedded & on by default. Someone throwing McAfee in the picture just unnecessarily confuses things. No worries, just good it's all sorted, now. You're welcome.

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    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    The shame is with the Antivirus producers, who decide, for us, that the built in defence will be turned off, as their own programs are considered enough.
    But, whether or not they are correct, I doubt if many weeks will go buy, before one of the third party program people start threatening Microsoft over monopoly policy!

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    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    The shame is with the Antivirus producers, who decide, for us, that the built in defence will be turned off, as their own programs are considered enough.
    But, whether or not they are correct, I doubt if many weeks will go buy, before one of the third party program people start threatening Microsoft over monopoly policy!
    Hopefully not. Thanks to Windows Defender we might be able to achieve herd immunity. Having virus/malware protection as well as a firewall out of the box is a huge step in the right direction towards that, and I think whichever judge has to decide on that one will realize how important this is. People can still use other virus protection if they want, but having one out of the box has become mandatory or the moment you go online you're infected.

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    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    I'll take this to another point. As an IT Pro security is always paramount, a strong mind-set & for all very obvious reasons. What I have seen, over the years, in terms of End User attitude and awareness leads to the following comment. To insure, for the sake of necessary protection, that machines have security in place and in force and we now have an OS with this as a reality. This way there is no question that something is installed and no doubt that it is actually running, from the moment a computer is powered and certainly before it is on the Net.

    This safeguards against anything to the contrary being possible. No risk of there being nothing installed. No risk of whatever not being active. No risk of virus only protection rather than protection against ALL malware, virus, spyware, worms, et al.

    Having embedded protection which, is on by default is nothing but, absolutely brilliant. Any infected machine can infect countless others. It is a reasonable matter of morality & ethics that, on a global scale, Operating Systems & the devices upon which they are run be inherently protected & secure out-of-the-box. It is a very welcome, if not overdue, sight!

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    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    Thank you all, for your brilliant posts, but........
    In a thousand years, I'll never trust MS to protect my computer. Witness, the thousands of attempts they have made to fix the problems in I.E. ?, version after version, over 18 years.

    So I've developed my own set of Security Programs from some of the worlds best authors, to keep me and my hundreds of computer customers safe and sound.
    And they are all FREE!

    Cheers Mates!
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    Technoimage
    Could you please let us know what combination you have success with?
    I would like to improve upon MS but not cause conflicts with Win 8 pro and your programs seem to be free.
    Thank you
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