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Windows Defender Service

 

General Information

This service is new for Windows 8.

Windows 8

Default Description

Helps protect users from malware and other potentially unwanted software.

Additional Information

What if that “unwanted” software is Windows?

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Trigger Start, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): WinDefend
Display Name: Windows Defender Service

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Additional Reading

None at this time.