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How to Turn On and Turn Off Windows Defender on Windows 8

The inbuilt Windows Defender antivirus tool for Windows 8 sometimes needs to be disabled. However, the virus detection system of windows defender is up to the mark but its threat removal rate is sometimes sluggish.

You should know how to disable windows defender windows 8 and how to turn on windows defender windows 8, as installing some applications or Security software requires windows defender disabled. You may need to disable this defender software for many reasons, such as to reduce loads on low configured CPU where other Antivirus is installed, to install software that cannot be installed while windows defender is enabled etc.

Besides, having two Antivirus software including windows defender, conflict each other. So in the below section, I will not only teach you how to turn on windows defender but will also teach you about how to turn it off.

How to Turn on Windows Defender in Windows 8

You can turn on windows defender again from Action Center. Or do as follows.

Step 1: First press ‘windows’ button or click on ‘Start’ menu.

Step 2: Then type ‘defender’ in the search box.

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Step 3: You will see two results there. Click the first one naming “Windows Defender”.

Step 4: Then you will see a dialogue box as shown below.

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Step 5:. Click on “click here to turn it on

Thus you can turn on windows defender windows 8.

Step 6:  After you turn on windows defender tool, you will see that your defender definition is out of date. So, click ‘check for update’. After update is complete you will see a green bar telling that your windows defender tool is up to date.

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By now, you have also learn how to turn on windows defender window 8.

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How to Turn Off Windows Defender:

Method 1: Disable Windows Defender Using Services

This is a pretty simple way. Just follow these steps correctly.

Step 1: First launch ‘Start Menuand search for ‘Services”. After getting instant results, click on ‘View Local Services”    

Step 2: Now find out “Windows Defender Service”

Step 3: Now, right lick on ‘Windows Defender Services” and click ‘Properties’.

Step 4: Finally, click “Stop” and apply the settings.

By Now you have successfully learnt hoe to disable windows defender windows 8.

Method 2: Disable Windows Defender Using Windows Defender Settings

You can disable Windows defender windows 8 by using its inbuilt setting.

Step 1: First, you have Open or run Windows Defender. You can do this simply typing ‘defender’ in start menu-search-box. Click “windows defender”

Step 2:  After opening Windows Defender Click on ‘Setting’ tab on upper menu tab.

Step 3: Now click on ‘Administrative’ on the left panel.

Step 4: Uncheck the box saying Turn on Windows Defender. To do this you need administrative privilege.

Step 5: Now click ‘save change’.

By now, you have learnt how to disable windows defender windows 8.

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About the author


Abir Kumar Das is a technical report writer. Abir covers Mobile and PC technology. After completing his Education on Electronics and Tele Communication Engineering he worked for Finolex Cables Ltd. and Ennovation Consulting.

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