Scan Windows 8 For Virus Threats Without Installing Any Anti-Virus

by Rohit Khurana on September 15, 2012


Windows 8 is the new kid on the block in terms of the Operating Systems and if you have started using a Windows 8 PC (laptop, desktop or tablet) recently and have not installed any anti-virus on the same, you might be feeling worried about the security of your PC, software and data. With most new branded PCs with pre-installed Windows come with some or the other pre-installed anti-virus which are usually on trial for sometime, you may not have any 3rd party anti-virus software installed in some cases. You may also have clean-installed Windows 8, in that case too, there might not be any anti-virus or security software installed externally.

Now what are your options when it comes to securing your Windows 8 computer from cyber threats, virus attacks from USB Drives and Internet, identity thefts etc. Don’t be too scares, until you start using any specific anti-virus on your Windows 8 PC, there is an in-built Microsoft Windows Defender in Windows 8. Below are some simple steps on how to start using free and in-built Windows defender anti-virus and security software in Windows 8:

Step 1: On an new Windows 8 PC or a newly installed Windows 8 installation, you will get an action center message on the desktop screen bottom right corner in the form of a flag. Click on the flag of the action center to to open the Action Center.

Windows Defender In Windows 8(1)

Step 2: On action center, you will see a security related warning which says “Windows Defender needs to scan your computer”. In front of this warning, there is a button which says “Scan now”, simply click on it and it will start Windows Defender.

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This is all you need to do, Windows Defender is a software by Microsoft Windows and comes bundled with Windows 7 and 8. It can be updated from time to time manually or automatically to deal with latest threats on the Internet and offline.

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If you browse through the tabs, you will see options to update, see history of scan activities, see and change settings of Windows defender security software.

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In settings you can change the options as per your needs. We recommend to keep the real-time protection on for enhanced safety of your computer and data.

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Since Microsoft Windows have in-built Firewall and Windows Defender, this combination will be sufficient for most home users, however if you are a business or professional user, you may consider purchasing some professional grade high security anti-virus or Internet security suite to keep your data and computer extra safe.

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We hope you find this information useful, do share it with your friends. Windows Defender also works on Windows 7 and Vista as well in case you need to use it on other computers as well. Do check out some more Windows 8 Tips and Tutorials by Trouble Fixers.

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Dave September 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Windows Defender thought this would have been put to bed and taken over by MSE by now. If you install MSE it turns Defender of so they don’t compete with each other.

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