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Windows Defender Scan Downloads

  1. #1


    Posts : 128
    Windows 8

    Windows Defender Scan Downloads


    It seems like I remember MSE under Windows 7 scanned downloaded files and showed a brief message sayint that after the download.

    Since MSE is not in Windows 8, I wonder if Windows 8 scans downloaded files and Outlook emails?

    Thank you.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello JJG,

    Whenever you download a file from within the IE download manager, a security scan is performed on it using the SmartScreen filter.

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    Any file that is opened in Windows 8 will also be scanned by Windows Defender and filtered by Windows SmartScreen by default.

    If one has a 3rd party AV program install, then it may also scan emails and downloaded files.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 128
    Windows 8


    Thank you.

    Ooops! I should have mentioned I use Firefox. Is it the same for downloads under Firefox?

    Thanks again.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep.

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  5. #5


    Posts : 128
    Windows 8


    Thank you Duke. \
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  6. #6


    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    For reference, Windows 8 Defender is pretty much a hardcoded into the kernel/OS version of MSE.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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