Windows Defender is malware protection that is included with and built into Windows 8. This software helps identify and remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.  Windows Defender runs in the background and notifies you when you need to take specific action. However, you can use it anytime to scan for malware if your computer isn’t working properly or if you clicked a suspicious link online or in an email message.


Windows 8 systems have built-in Windows Defender to help you protect the computer from malware and other kind of threats. This tool was made to detect and remove Trojans, viruses, spyware, adware, and other types of malicious programs. Once you start the PC, Windows Defender runs in the background and start to protect your computer. When a threat is detected, it will notify you and request to take specific action for identified security risks. Same with other anti-virus software, you can use Windows Defender to scan PC for malware if something suspicious is noticed.

Windows Defender is included in Windows 8 system as replacement for Microsoft Security Essentials. You cannot use this program on lower versions of Windows. For Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP1 and SP2), and Windows 7, you can use Microsoft Security Essentials to clean viruses from the computer.

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