Windows Defender in Windows 8 Consumer Preview comes with a familiar user interface and includes enhanced features of Windows Security Essentials. You can show and configure the free anti-virus program using the options described below.

A bit background on MSE and Windows Defender. Windows Defender was a Windows security feature before Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) was made available to users as a separate download from the Internet. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free program that provides real-time protection including anti-virus, rootkits, Trojans and spyware for your home or small business PCs (up to 10). If your business has more than 10 PCs, you can protect them with Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection.  Once Microsoft Security Essentials is installed, Windows Defender is automatically disabled.

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Search from the Charms Bar in Desktop Mode

Launch the Charms Bar and type “defender” in the search box. Select Windows Defender to open the application. You can then enable or disable or change the settings of the program.

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Use Search from Windows Help

Use Windows Help as described in my previous post. Type “anti-virus” or “defender” in the search box. Select “How do I find and remove a virus?” for example. Click on “Tap or click to open Windows Defender”, to open Windows Defender.

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