How to Update and Scan with Windows Defender in Window 8

Windows Defender is antispyware software which is included in Windows 8 installation package. It functions to protect your computer system against potentially unwanted software and spyware; it runs automatically in background when you turn it ON. For best results, it is important that you know how to update Windows Defender in Windows 8 or run a scan with it.

If you’ve a Windows 8 machine and do not have any anti-virus software installed on it, use Windows Defender program for scanning your computer. Here’s a detailed, step by step guide on how to update and scan with Windows Defender in Windows 8:

Step 1: Open the main screen on your “Windows 8” operating system and go to the “Search Bar”. (Check the screenshot below)

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Step 2: Type in “Defender” in the search bar. Click on the “Windows Defender” software option that will appear on your screen as soon as start typing “Defender”. (Check the screenshot below)

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Step 3: The “Windows Defender” dialogue box will now appear on your screen. (Check the screenshot below)

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Step 4: Click on the “Update” (1) option and again, click on the “Update” (2) option. (Check the screenshot below)

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Step 5: The “Windows Defender” utility will start searching for the latest updates and get updated automatically. (Check the screenshot below)

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Step 6: The “Windows Defender” program has now successfully updated itself. (Check the screenshot below)

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Step 7: Next, click on the “Home” option. On the right panel of the “Windows Defender” dialogue box, you will notice 3 “Scan Options”. These indicate:

  • Quick Scan: Scans your Window 8 system against potential attacks caused by the unwanted and malicious softwares.
  • Full Scan: Scans all files on the hard disk of your system and also inspects all running programs. Depending on the storage space in use, full scan by Windows Defender in Windows 8 can take more than one hour.
  • Custom Scan: Scans the files and locations that you select manually. (Check the screenshot below)

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Step 8: Select one of the three scanning options you desire and click on the “Scan Now” button to start scanning Windows 8 machine with Windows Defender. (Check the screenshot below)

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Step 9: The “Windows Defender” program will now start scanning your computer system. (Check the screenshot below)

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Step 10: The computer system has now been scanned successfully. (Check the screenshot below)

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Windows Defender in Windows 8 ensures protection from a number of malicious programs but it does not certainly guarantee complete protection.

Were you able to update and scan Windows Defender in your Windows 8 system?

If not, please let us know by writing a comment below. We’d like to help you with any issues you might be facing while using this great utility.