How To Enable Windows Defender On Windows 8/Windows 8.1

It is always recommended that you install antivirus software on your PC to protect yourself from Internet threats. With that said, though, Microsoft does build a few defensive tools into the Windows operating system. If you are using Windows 8 or 8.1, use the steps below to enable Windows Defender.

Step 1
To start, you will have to find the Defender app on your system. To do this, use the key combination of the Windows Key and Q. This combo will launch the search function on your system. Type “defender” into the resulting search bar.

If you are using a tablet, you can find the search menu by swiping in from the right-hand side of the screen.

Step 2
When Windows Defender shows up as a result for your search, tap or click on it to launch the program. If the program isn’t turned on, you will be greeted by a dialogue box telling you so. If the program is turned on, it will open and you will be able to edit the security settings.

Step 3
If Defender is off, go back to the search function from step 1 and type in “action.” Select Action Center from the results. A new menu will open where you can see your security settings, including options for spyware and virus protection. Both will tell you that Defender is turned off, and both will also feature a button that says “Turn on now.” Click one of them to enable Defender.

Once Defender is enabled, you will be able to open the program, view your security settings, and update the software to make sure the antivirus definitions are up to date!