Turning on Windows Defender in 8.1

  Yimbo 13:48 19 Nov 2014

I've decided not to renew my Zone Alarm Extreme Security Suite due to recurring problems. I want to use Windows Defender, but clicking on the app on start page, I get a message "Windows Defender has been turned off and isn't monitoring your computer." However, I can't find a way to turn it on! Can anyone help, please.

  onthelimit1 14:00 19 Nov 2014

Why not use AVG, Avast or Avira - all free and, most would say, better than defender?

  john bunyan 15:15 19 Nov 2014

In windows 7 (not sure if same in W8.1). Start, Control Panel, Windows Defender. You can select "Click here to turn it on" but as has been said if another A/V is in use, it will say so. I agree with onthelimit1 but would go for either Avast or Avira , in that order. (Get them from - one only :


  Yimbo 16:20 20 Nov 2014

Thanks folks! Still can't get Windows Defender to operate - but I've taken up the free offer of Avast. Looks OK - time will tell!

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