How to Enable Windows Defender in Windows 8/8.1 So Your PC Is Protected from Viruses

How to Enable Windows Defender in Windows 8/8.1 So Your PC Is Protected from Viruses

Geekers - It's been a long time since Windows has equipped their operating system with an antivirus called Windows Defender or what used to be called Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).


In principle, this Windows Defender has the same function as other antiviruses such as Avast, Eset or Avira. The main function of Windows Defender is to protect your PC or laptop from virus or malware attacks which are certainly very dangerous if left alone. As you know, viruses or malware can mess up your PC, including important files in it.



This Windows Defender can be an alternative antivirus that you can use to protect your PC. By default, Windows Defender is already installed on windows 8/8.1. Now for how to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8/8.1 (or disable it), you can listen to the steps below.


Knowing Windows Defender is active or not


To find out whether Windows Defender is active or not, all you have to do is open the Windows Defender program. If you get a notification that says This app is turned off by group policy, it means that Windows Defender on your PC is still not active (turn off).


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How to Enable Windows Defender in Windows 8


1. First of all you have to open the Local Group Policy Editor. One way is to press the Windows key + R, type gpedit.msc then press Enter.


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2. On the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor menu, select Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender. After that, to activate windows defender, just click 2x Turn off Windows Defender.



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3. Select Not Configured or Disabled to enable Windows Defender, then select OK. For the record, the Not Configured option is the default setting of the windows. If you want to disable it again, just select Enabled.


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4. After that, open Windows Defender. You can find it in the Start Menu by typing "windows defender".


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5. Then click the Start Now button. Windows Defender is ready to protect your PC or laptop from virus or malware threats.


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Actually Windows Defender is quite tough in protecting your PC. But that does not mean Windows Defender is the best antivirus. You can customize which antivirus you want to use, whether it's Windows Defender or another antivirus. Most importantly, never install both antivirus together, because it will crash.

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