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Windows 8 App Store and defender not working?

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  • Windows 8
Last response: in Windows 8
June 1, 2013 7:53:12 AM

Windows defender discovered a virus on my system which I have since removed but now I cannot open defender without getting an error and the App Store or any of the "modern UI" apps will not load, saying it could be a network issue.

My network is fine and both the defender and App Store issues happened at the same time.

Anyone had anything similar?

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a b * Windows 8
June 1, 2013 8:20:30 AM

Windows defender is not really a anti-virus I would be running some anti-virus and a malwarebytes scan.
June 1, 2013 9:22:55 AM

Ye I know it's not great. It seems like my pc can't connect to any Microsoft service, I can't change my local account to a Microsoft account either
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a b * Windows 8
June 1, 2013 10:46:00 AM

So download both Malwarebytes and Windows security essentials to a USB disk and move it over to your PC. Install and scan.
March 23, 2014 8:49:57 PM

I wanted to ask if your browser can connect to the internet as a firewall can cause a problem like this.
else if you cannot browse and you surely connected to the internet post us back ;) 
a c 481 * Windows 8
March 23, 2014 11:01:26 PM

Windows Defender includes Security Essentials in 8/8.1. Possibly a corrupt file in your OS.
First try System File Checker
Winkey plus 'X'
Choose Command Prompt (Admin)
Type sfc /scannow then Enter

It finds and fixes errors in Windows, but doesn't always report them. Run it and see if the fault disappears after re-booting your system
If corrupt files are found that can’t be fixed, try

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Re-run SFC

To view CBS Log

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >sfcdetails.txt

Search C drive for sfcdetails.txt or navigate to C:\Windows\System32 and scroll down