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Managing Security in Windows 8

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Turning Windows Firewall On or Off

Windows Firewall can be turned on or off through the Charm Bar in Windows 8.

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  1. From the Start screen, move your cursor to the top right corner of the computer screen, or press the Windows + C keys to display the Charm Bar.
  2. Click the Search icon.
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On the Charm Bar, click Settings, then enter Firewall in the search field.

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In the search results, click Windows Firewall.

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Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off in the left pane.

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Click Turn on Windows Firewall for your private and public network settings.

Note: To disable the Windows Firewall, click Turn off Windows Firewall.

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Click OK to save the settings.

Performing a Security Scan With Windows Defender

Follow the steps below to scan your PC for viruses and other malware.

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  1. From the Start screen, move your cursor to the top right corner of the computer screen, or press the Windows + C keys to display the Charm Bar.
  2. Click the Search icon.
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On the Charm Bar, click Settings, then enter Windows Defender in the search field.

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In the search results, click Windows Defender.

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Under Scan Options in the right pane, select Full, then click the Scan now button.

Note: You can also choose Custom Scan to check only certain folders or drives on your PC.

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