• Disable your Bloatware Antivirus Program in Windows 8

If you purchased a Windows 8 PC, it probably came with a trial version of some antivirus program that might be saying it is expired now, so your PC is unprotected. Having a third-party antivirus program with Windows 8 is completely unnecessary, though, because Windows 8 comes with built-in antivirus software. Here’s how to get rid of it:

  1. Click on the little flag next to the clock in the corner of your screen and click “Open Action Center.”1
  2. Click the drop-down arrow on the “Security” bar.
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  3. Under “Firewall,” check to see if Windows Firewall is on. Under “Virus Protection” and “Spyware”, check to see if Windows Defender is on. If they’re not on, can you turn them on?3
  4. If you can’t turn them on, or if you keep getting notifications from your previous AntiVirus program (Norton or McAfee), you will need to uninstall the old program. Click “6” in the top left corner of the same window, then under “Programs” click “Uninstall a Program.”4
  5. Find your old Anti-Virus program and click “Uninstall.”
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  6. Go back to the Action Center and see if it will let you turn on Windows Defender again.