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Windows Defender turned off

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    Windows Defender turned off

    My Win 8 PC came with McAffee anti-virus. Windows defender is showing on the start screen, but when clicked a pop up window states: "Windows Defender has been turned off and isn't monitoring your computer. If you are using another app to check for malicious software use Action Center to check that app's status."

    The other app (McAffee) started giving error indicators that that couldn't be handled, so I removed that software. Even with McAffee removed I still cannot get Windows Defender to start. Also, although Windows Defender shows up on the start screen, there is no such program showing in the Control Panel "Programs and Features".

    I thought I would re-install Windows Defender, but don't find a version for Windows 8.

    Please advise.

    Also, where is the "Action Center?


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    I found the "Action Center" (Control Panel > System and Security > Action Center) and there was able to turn Windows Defender on.

    No surprise to me that McAffee bombed out -- I'm actually surprised it hung in there as long as it did (3 weeks).
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