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. Today, we will see how to add Windows Defender to the classic Control Panel.
With a recent update, the Redmond software giant has made a small change to the built-in protection app in Windows 10 called Windows Defender. The application was updated to version 4.12.17007.17123, and now the antivirus portion of the app is located in a different folder path in the file system.
In Windows 10 Creators Update, there is a new app called Windows Defender Security Center. The app, 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. It can be used to add an exception to Windows Defender Virus Protection. Here is how.
In June 2017, Microsoft announced a number of security features coming to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. These include the improved Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), which will be integrated across the entire Windows security stack to protect against malicious software. It will be able to detect and analyze threats and allow administrators to take prompt action with centralized management. A public preview of the updated Windows Defender ATP service was released today.
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.
Another interesting change was seen in the leaked screenshots of Windows 10 Creators Update: a new user interface for the built-in antivirus and protection software, Windows Defender. Let's see how it looks.
Windows Defender is the built-in security app bundled by default with Windows since Windows Vista. Although Microsoft claims that it offers only baseline antivirus protection, it's better to have to preinstalled and running than to have no antimalware at all. If you have Windows Defender enabled, you might find this trick useful to update it and then perform a Quick Scan with just one click.
If you have to run Windows 10 offline/disconnected from the Internet, or you have several PCs and want to save bandwidth, you might want to download the malware definition/signature updates for Windows Defender offline so you can update multiple PCs at once or update it without internet connectivity. In this article, we will see where to get these updates to install them in Windows 10 without downloading them on every PC or connecting to the internet.
As you might have already noticed, in Windows 10 version 1511, Microsoft implemented a context menu item for Windows Defender. Now it is possible to scan selected files and folders in File Explorer with one click by right clicking and launching Windows Defender. If you do not want this "Scan with Windows Defender" verb/context menu item, here is how you can safely remove it.
Recently, Microsoft shared a new security feature which can extend the protection level of the built-in Windows 10 antivirus called "Windows Defender". In addition to its default features of scanning for malware using definitions, it is possible to enable detection of potentially unwanted software (PUS). If you are interested in knowing how to enable it, follow the instructions in this article.