Microsoft renamed Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender with the Windows 10 November 2019 Update. It is now part of Windows Security. Microsoft Defender (previously, Windows Defender) has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years with lower false positives, better usability, and improved performance in detecting malware and virus. That’s why I don’t recommend turning off Defender like I used to, and recommend it over other paid alternatives in the market. I shall share some effective tips and tricks to help you start using Defender.


Windows Defender Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Defender is also coming to Android and iOS devices soon. It will be interesting to see how that pans out. Anyway, let’s get on with our Defender tips and tricks now.

Note: We estimate that Windows Defender will appear as Microsoft Defender on Windows after one of the Windows 10 updates due in the coming months.

1. How to Turn Off/On Microsoft Defender

There are a few reasons why you should know how to do it. One reason is software or app conflict. Another can be troubleshooting, something that I do on a routine basis. I have already covered how to turn off Windows Defender (linked again for those who skipped the intro) but still don’t recommend it unless you are using a reliable alternative.

Microsoft Defender should be turned on by default unless you are using a third-party antivirus app. In that case, the rules will be governed by the installed app. More often than not, the installed antivirus app will turn off Microsoft Defender and that’s how it should be. It is not advisable to run two antivirus apps on the same machine at the same time. Note that uninstalling any third-party antivirus app should automatically turn on Microsoft Defender. Else, you can enable it manually. Enterprise users should check the official guide.

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Windows Security comes with four options. We will go through each to make sure you enable all possible forms of protection available to you. Open Windows Security and click on Virus & threat protection.


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Click on Managed settings.


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You will enable Real-time protection, Cloud-delivered protection, Automatic sample submission, and Tamper Protection.


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