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Windows Defender - Protecting your Computer from Malware

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Windows defender is a built-in antivirus program made by Microsoft for Windows 8 and 10. This document describes how to use Windows Defender as your virus protection. There are three sections. One for updating Windows Defender, one for scanning your computer for malicious software, and one for enabling real-time protection. Microsoft Defender may still go by Windows defender on your device, Comprehensively, Windows has introduced a more complete solution in Windows Security. Visit the link for more information.

Updating Windows Defender

  1. Open the Control Panel. Windows 10 - Accessing the Control Panel
  2. Type defender in the search box, then click Windows Defender.
  3. Go to the Update tab, then click Update. If updates install successfully, it will say Virus Definitions: Up to date.

    update Definitions

Scanning your computer

  1. Open the Control Panel. Windows 10 - Accessing the Control Panel
  2. Type defender in the search box, then click Windows Defender.
  3. From the Home tab, select Full then click Scan Now. A full scan will generally take 1-2 hours.

Enabling real-time protection

  1. Open the Control Panel. Windows 10 - Accessing the Control Panel
  2. Type defender in the search box, then click Windows Defender.
  3. Go to the Settings icon in the right hand corner, and navigate to Real-time protection in the new window.
  4. If it is not already selected, select the box next to Turn on real-time protection (recommended). If on a departmental device, this setting may be controlled by your administrator.

    settings page, real time protection




Keywords:windows defender win8 8 virus malware protection cleanup adware spyware update scan enable protection proactive real-time antivirus anti-virus windows 10 Microsoft defender   Doc ID:38652
Owner:Karl W.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2014-03-18 13:37 CDTUpdated:2020-10-14 09:52 CDT
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