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How to Use Windows Defender on Windows 8/8.1

Like any other third-party anti-virus software, the system-provided Windows Defender can protect your PC from being infected by viruses, spyware and other unwanted malware. If you want to learn how to use the app to scan and remove malicious software, you can find the answer in this text.

Tip: Before using Windows Defender to scan your PC, you should update virus and spyware definitions to the latest.

Steps to use Windows Defender on Windows 8/8.1:

Step 1: Open Windows Defender.

Step 2: In the Home settings of Windows Defender, choose a scan option from Quick, Full and Custom on the right, and tap Scan now button.

Tips:

Quick scan checks the areas that malicious software, including viruses, spyware and other potentially unwanted malware, are most likely to infect.

Full scan checks all the files on the hard disks and all your running programs, and it can take more time depending on your system.

Custom scan checks only the files and locations that you select, as shown in the following picture.

Step 3: Suppose viruses or other malware are detected, remove them according to the prompts.

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