How to Create a "Windows Defender" Shortcut in Windows 8

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This will show you how to create or download a Windows Defender shortcut in Windows 8. Windows 8 comes with a new version of Windows Defender which is the re-branded Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

This is a newer version of Microsoft Security Essentials with the name of Windows Defender now, which has been enhanced with anti-spyware capabilities along with it's existing anti-virus protection. Windows Defender does not have a icon in the notification area, but it does run in the background by default and will give you a notification if it detects anything.

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You will not be able to install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) in Windows 8 since Windows Defender is the new MSE.


EXAMPLE: Windows Defender in Windows 8

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OPTION ONE
To Download a "Windows Defender" Shortcut

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.

Windows_Defender.zip

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2. Save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the Windows Defender shortcut to the desktop.

4. Unblock the Windows Defender shortcut.

5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "Windows Defender" Shortcut


1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area on desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)


%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe


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3. Type Windows Defender for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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4. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.



That's it,
Shawn