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Is Windows 8 Defender enough to keep my computer safe?

Is Windows 8 Defender enough to keep my computer safe?

Windows Defender is a built-in anti-spyware and anti-malware program included in Windows 8, it is not that proficient as compared to the other third-party anti-spyware applications that are specifically designed and developed for the purpose. In simple words, Windows Defender is not enough to keep the Windows 8 computer safe and secure from malware and spyware.

Enabling or disabling Windows Defender after installing any other third-party anti-malware or anti-spyware application depends on the administrators’ individual preferences, or on the security policies that the organization in which they work has.

How to Disable Windows Defender Service Manually in Windows 8

In order to disable Windows Defender Service manually in Windows 8, step-by-step instructions given below must be followed by the administrators:

  1. Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator account on which Windows Defender service is to be disabled manually.

  2. Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop window.
  3. Once on the desktop screen, press Windows + R keys simultaneously to initiate the Run command box.
  4. On the Run command box, in the available field, type SERVICES.MSC command, and press Enter key.
  5. On the opened Services snap-in, locate the Windows Defender Service from the right pane.
  6. Once located, double-click the service.
  7. On the Windows Defender Service Properties box, make sure that General tab is selected.
  8. Once on the selected tab, click Stop to turn off the service.
  9. Being on the same tab, select Disabled option from the Startup type drop-down list to disable the Windows Defender service permanently.



  10. Click OK to save the modified settings.
  11. Close Services snap-in when done.
  12. Once done, restart the computer if required in order to allow the modified changes to take effect.

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