Windows 8 Defender

Step-by-step guide on how to add the Windows Hosts file to the
Windows Defender ignored files list on Windows 8.

for a step-by-step guide for Windows 10 click here

1. Click on the Start button.

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2. Click on the arrow.

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3. Find and click on Windows Defender to open it.

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4. When Windows Defender has opened, click on “Settings”.

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5. Click on “Exclude files and locations” then on “Browse” to open the browse dialog.

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6. Use the browse dialog to find the Hosts file then click on it to highlight it. The file will be in “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc”.
Click “OK” when the hosts file is selected to close the browse dialog.

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7. Click the “Add” button to add the hosts file to the exclude list.

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8. Finally, click on “Save changes” and then close Windows Defender.

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Congratulations, you have added the Windows hosts file to the Windows 8 Defender ignored files list.