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Thread: How to enable or disable Windows Defender in Windows 8.1

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    How to enable or disable Windows Defender in Windows 8.1

    Sorry if this post is in wrong section. I was confused if it will go in security section or here.

    I have a small problem and is as follow. Right now Windows defender is the only security application in my pc. I am getting a bit issue when I am trying to install few games or application in that. I want some option to enable or disable it. I want to turn it on back when needed. But I cannot find option for that. In many antivirus you have option to disable them. Just right clicking on that will do the job. How to do that in Windows Defender?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: How to enable or disable Windows Defender in Windows 8.1

    Remember that turning off will put your system on risk. So go ahead on your own risk. For that you have to go in Control Panel. Click on Windows Defender icon in that and you will see Settings.

    From the left side you have to remove the tick from Turn on Windows Defender. And then save the changes. It will be turned off automatically. To turn it on you have to go back at the same place, add a tick and save.

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    Re: How to enable or disable Windows Defender in Windows 8.1

    If you want to turn Windows Defender on instantly then you can do that from Action Center also. You can see that in the notification area where clock is placed. You just have to click on that and choose turn on the spyware protection. Windows Defender will start working. This procedure only works to turn on. But you can't turn it off through that.

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