In these days people are more frightened to search on internet or at the time of installing an unknown software. There is a great chance to come out a ransomware virus or a malicious program to your PC. There are plenty of Antivirus applications available on the market. But if you are having the latest version of windows like Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, Windows Defender Antivirus comes with the operating system. You just want to enable it and update it regularly to get protection from Microsoft.
Keep your PC safe with Windows Defender Antivirus which is built-in to Windows 10, that delivers comprehensive, ongoing and real-time protection against viruses, malware and spyware across email, apps, the cloud and the web. If you are having a third party antivirus installed on your PC, just uninstall all of your other antivirus programs first, Windows Defender Antivirus will automatically turn on (You may be asked to restart your device.).
Windows Defender Antivirus is built-in to Windows 10, that scan and protect your computer against viruses and threats in real-time. Windows Defender uses real-time protection to scan everything you download or run on your PC. It also uses cloud-based protection (if enabled) to detect and block threats. Windows Defender will use the cloud to analyze the suspicious program, if you enabled the cloud based protection in Windows defender update and security settings. Windows Defender with cloud-based protection and automatic sample submission turned on, Windows defender sends samples to Microsoft malware sample and it will eventually help Microsoft to catch the threats earlier.
Turn-on Realtime Protection
When turn on realtime protection (go to Windows defender settings), defender can detect and stop malware from installing and running on your PC. You can turn this off temporarily, but it will turn-on automatically after some time. Select the Start button, then select Settings, go to Update & Security.
Select Windows Defender, then turn Real-time protection on or off.
Schedule a scan in Windows Defender
Windows Defender regularly scans your PC, but if you want to set your own scan schedule here is a trick.
Search for and open Schedule tasks.
In the left pane, expand Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows and then scroll down and double-click the Windows Defender folder.
In the top-center pane, double-click Windows Defender Scheduled Scan.?
Select the Triggers tab, and then select New.
Set your time and frequency, and then select OK.
Types of Scans on Windows Defender
You can run a quick scan or advanced scan to check your device’s safety.
- Quick scan
If you’re concerned that you may have done something to introduce a suspicious file or virus to your device, use a quick scan to immediately check your device. Quick scan also saves you time when you don’t want to run a full scan on all your files and folders.
- Full scan
Checks the files and programs that are currently running on your device.
- Custom scan
Scan specific files or folders on your device.
- Windows Defender Offline scan
Run this scan when you are concerned that your device has been, or could potentially be, infected by a virus or malware. Run an offline scan to find and remove malware that can’t be found with a normal scan. To do this, select Scan offline in the Windows Defender settings.
Use enhanced notifications
If enhanced notification is off, you’ll get only critical notifications when a threat is found. If the enhanced notification is on, you’ll get critical notifications and additional notifications, like completed scans and recent Windows Defender activity. You can also see the results of your previous scans, and get the latest protection offered by Windows Defender Antivirus.
You can protect your valuable data and documents from ransomware attacks by using controlled folder access.
Windows Defender Security Center offers five type protections
- Virus & threat protection
This will monitor threats to your computer, run scans, and get updates to help detect the latest threats.
- Device performance & health
See status about your device’s performance health and keep your device clean and up to date with the latest version of Windows 10.
- Firewall & network protection
Manage the settings for Windows Defender Firewall, and monitor what’s happening with your networks and Internet connections.
- App and browser control
Lets you use Windows Defender SmartScreen to help protect your device against potentially dangerous apps, files, sites, and downloads. Also provides exploit protection where you can customize protection settings for your devices.
- Family options
Provides easy access to managing your childrens’ online experiences and the devices in your household.
Did you configured your Windows defender for realtime virus protection, did you regularly update the virus database ? Which antivirus you are using, can you tell is it provide you adequate protection from all threats and ransomware’s.