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Microsoft has released a tool to update Defender signatures in OS installation images

Initial hours of newly installed Windows OS deployments can suffer with Microsoft Defender protection gap, as the installation OS images may contain outdated Anti-Malware Software binaries. These devices will remain under protected until the first Anti-Malware software update finishes. To solve this issue, Microsoft has released a special script that updates Defender in offline installation images to the latest version.

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Microsoft says that Defender file download feature is not a risk

Microsoft recently updated its Defender antivirus, adding the ability to silently download any file from the Internet. Some users are concerned that this new feature could be exploited by malware and potentially unwanted applications. Microsoft has officially replied that the company does not consider this change to the application a vulnerability. Continue reading

Enable Microsoft Defender Antivirus Updates over Metered Connections

How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus Updates over Metered Connections

Microsoft Defender (formerly Windows Defender) Antivirus uses security intelligence definitions to detect threats. Windows 10 automatically downloads the most recent intelligence available through Windows Update. When on a metered connection, Defender doesn't check for its signature updates to save your bandwidth. Here's how to change this behavior. Continue reading

Schedule Defender Signature Updates in Windows 10

How to Schedule Signature Updates for Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 10

Microsoft Defender (formerly Windows Defender) Antivirus uses security intelligence definitions to detect threats. Windows 10 automatically downloads the most recent intelligence available through Windows Update. You can also create a custom schedule to get signature updates more frequently, or when Windows Update is paused or disabled. Continue reading

Enable Protection Against Potentially Unwanted Apps in Windows 10

How to Enable or Disable Protection Against Potentially Unwanted Applications in Windows Security in Windows 10

With Windows 10 version 2004, Microsoft has added a new security feature which can extend the protection level of the built-in Windows 10 antivirus called "Windows Defender", part of Windows Security. In addition to its default features of scanning for malware using definitions, it is possible to enable detection of potentially unwanted apps (PUA). Continue reading

Enable Scan Network Files with Windows Defender in Windows 10

How to Enable or Disable Scan Network Files with 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. Its options are available in Windows Security, a special dashboard app that allows you to review and manage most of the security options of the OS. Continue reading

Change Windows Defender Scheduled Scan Type

Change Windows Defender Scheduled Scan Type 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. In Windows 10, you can change the scheduled scan type for Windows Defender, i.e. to switch it from a quick scan used by default to a full scan, and vice versa.

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