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How do I turn on Windows Defender in Windows 8?

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    How do I turn on Windows Defender in Windows 8?


    I don't know if I turned off Windows Defender when I first got my computer, or if it was never originally on, but I can't figure out how to turn it on right now. My Norton's Security just ended and I need to turn Defender on to keep my computer safe. When I click on Windows Defender to open the program, it tells me Windows Defender has been turned off and if I'm using another program for malicious software to visit the Action Center to check that app's status. Do I have to completely uninstall Norton's for Defender to open? I'm stuck. Help

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    Did you go to the action center?
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    Windows 8


    Yes I've gone to the Action Center, still can't figure out how to turn on Defender.
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    Defender has its own icon in Control Panel, no system tray icon or action center settings...
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by deuce4off View Post
    Do I have to completely uninstall Norton's for Defender to open? I'm stuck. Help
    Yes, Norton is your problem. Go to the Norton website, and use the uninstaller provided there.
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