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Manually Update Definitions for Windows Defender in Windows 10

Manually Update Definitions for Windows Defender in Windows 10

How to Manually Update Security Intelligence Definitions for Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10

Windows Defender Antivirus uses security intelligence definitions to detect threats. Windows 10 automatically downloads the most recent intelligence available through Windows Update.  You can download them and update definitions manually when needed, e.g. to secure an offline device.

Microsoft Renames Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender

Microsoft Renames Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender

Windows Defender is the default antivirus app shipped with Windows 10. Earlier versions of Windows like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista also had it but it was less efficient previously as it only scanned spyware and adware. In Windows 8 and Windows 10, Defender is based on the Microsoft Security Essentials app which offers better protection by adding full blown protection against all kinds of malware. Microsoft is renaming the app Microsoft Defender.

Enable Windows Defender Sandbox in Windows 10

Enable Windows Defender Sandbox in Windows 10

Windows Defender is the built-in security solution in Windows 10. It provides basic protection against threats. Earlier versions of Windows like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista also had it but it was less efficient previously as it only scanned spyware and adware. In Windows 8 and Windows 10, Defender is based on the Microsoft Security Essentials app which offers better protection by adding full blown protection against all kinds of malware. Recently, Microsoft made it possible to run Windows Defender Antivirus in a sandbox.

Schedule Scan in Windows Defender in Windows 10

Schedule Scan in Windows Defender in Windows 10

Windows Defender is the built-in security solution in Windows 10. It provides basic protection against threats. Earlier versions of Windows like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista also had it but it was less efficient previously as it only scanned spyware and adware. In Windows 8 and Windows 10, Defender is based on the Microsoft Security Essentials app which offers better protection by adding full blown protection against all kinds of malware. Today, we will see how to schedule a scan in Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10.

Get Classic Windows Defender in Windows 10 Creators Update

Get Classic Windows Defender in Windows 10 Creators Update

As you may already know, Windows 10 Creators Update comes with a new security dashboard app called "Windows Defender Security Center". It includes a number of options to control the security and health of your operating system. It includes the user interface to manage Windows Defender, but you can still access the classic Windows Defender desktop app.

Start an Offline Scan with Windows Defender from PowerShell

Start an Offline Scan with Windows Defender from PowerShell

Windows 10 "Anniversary Update" version 1607 features offline scanning with Windows Defender. While the feature itself is not new for those who are familiar with Defender and use it, it has now become part of Windows for the first time. Today, we'll see how to launch it from PowerShell.

Create Windows Defender Security Center Shortcut in Windows 10

Create Windows Defender Security Center Shortcut in Windows 10

In Windows 10 Creators Update, there is a new app called Windows Defender Security Center. The application, formerly known as "Windows Defender Dashboard", has been created to help the user control his security and privacy settings in a clear and useful way. It combines all essential security features under a single dashboard.

Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10 Creators Update

In Windows 10 Creators Update, there is a new app called Windows Defender Security Center. The application, formerly known as "Windows Defender Dashboard", has been created to help the user control his security and privacy settings in a clear and useful way. It combines all essential security features under a single dashboard.

Enable Scan Archive Files with Windows Defender in Windows 10

Enable Scan Archive Files with Windows Defender in Windows 10

You can enable scanning of archive files with Windows Defender in Windows 10 for better security and protection. Windows Defender will scan the contents of compressed (archive) files when a scan is scheduled or when the user starts the scanning process manually. Windows Defender is the built-in security solution in Windows 10 and is enabled by default. It protects your PC against viruses, malware, spyware and other unwanted apps.

Enable Network Drive Scan with Windows Defender in Windows 10

Enable Network Drive Scan with Windows Defender in Windows 10

By default, Windows Defender in Windows 10 does not scan mapped network drives. SMB shares that you mapped as a drive letter can also include malware. For better security and protection, you can enable this feature. The Defender app does not include an option to control scanning of mapped network drives in the user interface, but there are at least two methods to enable this feature. Let's see how.