When Windows decided to include an Anti-virus with its Windows 8 Operating System there were mixed reactions among consumers and analysts alike. Some hailed the move as being very bold, timely and consumer-driven especially given the fact that the number of virus attacks have sprung up sporadically in the recent years hampering the consumer’s experience of their computers’ abilities. Others claimed that due to the fact that viruses continue to evolve and new Anti-viruses have to be made to counter their attacks, the Windows 8 Anti-virus could not be in a position to offer the kind of defense one really needed. Whatever the case, it is true however, that any kind of virus protection out there is highly appreciated especially with those whose livelihood is dependent on the smooth functioning of their computers.
As it gains its commanding reputation in the market, the Windows 8 Anti-virus is fast becoming a favorite and any frequent computer user is bound to benefit by at least knowing how to access and use it. Also known as the Windows defender, the Windows 8 Anti-virus can be accessed through the control panel of the computer. Once in the control panel, one should look for the Windows Defender icon and double click on it. On the menu, one will clearly see the tabs for Home, Updates, History & Settings with other options below each tab selected.
The home tab contains three scan options which are: a quick scan, full scan and custom scan. One can chose any of these options as desired and proceed to hit the “scan now” button right below the scan options. It is important to note that a quick scan is usually the fastest and most selected of all options in this menu. The “Help” button is also present here with a very visible drop-down menu that one can’t miss. It contains very helpful information especially for beginners or first timers in the field of virus cleaning.
The “Update” tab contains information on the recent updates of the Windows 8 Anti-virus. It shows the nature of the last updates and a rubber stamp of the date and time in which these updates were made. The Anti-virus updates your spyware definitions automatically to help protect your PC from the recent as well as the old versions of malicious software. The “History” tab gives a historical account of the Anti-virus’s activities in the computer from quarantined files to the threats detected and removed from the computer.
The “Settings” tab contains the option for selecting real time protection while the computer is being used. This real time protection is highly recommended by the Anti-virus software developers, and can be selected by clicking the radio button next to it. Depending on the number and size of files in one’s computer, the virus scan can take a considerable amount of time; hence, it should be planned for in order to prevent any inconveniences. It is also possible to cancel the whole virus scan once it is initiated by simply clicking on the “Cancel Scan” button right next to the status bar showing the rate at which the scanning is taking place.
If one should run into any issues with the Windows 8 anti-virus or any software, if Microsoft are hard to get hold of, the Geek Squad tech support team is always a good alternative. Their support team is always ready to help in these matters through online chat, over the phone, in their store or in the home of the client if they choose to do so. Their unlimited 24/7 tech support will cover one’s PC, Mac or Tablet no matter where it was bought or when they bought them. They also offer unlimited virus removal and troubleshooting as well as increase the speed of the home PC at no additional cost. Another advantage is that Geek Squad tech support can do all these with their remote access to anyone’s PC which significantly cuts down on the downtime.
This is a guest post by Stacey Barton, he writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands like Geek Squad can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.