Microsoft Defender Security Settings Grayed Out; Real-time Protection Disabled

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In the aftermath of a malware attack, the Windows Defender Security settings page may show the message Some settings are managed by your organization or This setting is managed by your administrator. The real-time protection and cloud-based protection options may remain disabled or grayed out.

Here is how the Windows Defender Settings page might look like. The controls for real-time protection, cloud-based protection, and Automatic sample submission options may be disabled and locked down or grayed out.Read more

Why Is Windows Defender Running Alongside my Antivirus Program?

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After upgrading to Windows 10 version 1607 (known as “Anniversary Update” or “Redstone 1”) released in August 2016, some users are wondering if Windows Defender is running alongside their main antivirus program, as the icons for both programs are visible in the Notification area.

Isn’t Windows Defender supposed to turn itself off when it detects a 3rd party antivirus program in the system?Read more

Add Windows Defender Options as Cascading Right-Click Menu in Desktop

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Last we saw how the Windows Defender GUI (msascui.exe) can be automated using hidden command-line switches, similar to it’s command-line version – mpcmdrun.exe. Here is a registry tweak that adds some Windows Defender options to the Desktop Context menu as cascading menu to quickly run a scan, update or open Windows Defender.Read more

Command-line Switches to Automate Windows Defender GUI (MSASCui.exe)

Most users know that Windows Defender scans can be automated by using the console tool MpCmdRun.exe with Task Scheduler. But, did you know you can run a scheduled scan interactively (in GUI mode), that is without using Windows Defender’s console utility? This post lists some command-line switches to do that. Update: MSASCui.exe has been removed … Read more