how to remove the default antivirus in windows 8 ?

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i want to know is there AV/AM that is enabled by default in windows 8 ? how can i remove it because i want to install avast internet security.

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Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender which is an antivirus now. When you will install Avast it will automatically get disabled. To manually disable it:
  1. Open start.
  2. Type "defender" in search. Open Windows Defender from list.
  3. Click on Settings tab.
  4. Click on Administrator.
  5. Uncheck "Turn on Windows Defender" and Save Changes.
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Hi

Thanks for your posting in Microsoft Community
You should not disable the default antivirus,Because its now a days windows defender is performing well
How ever if you want to install you can

Windows 8 comes with an built-in antivirus  called the Windows Defender. Windows Defender is nothing but the free antivirus of Microsoft called the Microsoft Security Essentials clubbed with the Defender of Windows 7

Disabling the Defender using Windows Services is pretty simple.

1: Launch the Start Menu and search for Services under the Settings tab and click on View local services to launch Windows Services.
 2: Look for the service name Windows Defender Service and stop it by right-clicking it
3: Now double-click on the same service to open the Property window and select disable in the Startup Type dropdown list and save the settings.
Your Windows 8 defender will now be disabled permanently, and you can go ahead and install a different antivirus AVAST now

MicrosoftMVP.Support Engineer@IBM-Directory Service & Exchange(,MCSE. MCP .MCSA, CCNA ,RHCE)

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