The Windows Security tray icon provides a convenient way to run a quick scan, check for definition updates, or launch the Windows Security app quickly. However, in some systems, the icon may be missing from the notification area.Read more
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 what 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
Windows Defender or the Microsoft anti-malware platform protects home computers, servers and online services such as Office 365. With the wealth of threat intelligence and telemetry data, Defender’s cloud backend is an astounding malware protection service.Read more
Windows Defender can detect and remove malware and viruses, but it doesn’t catch Potentially Unwanted Programs or crapware by default. However, there is an opt-in feature that you can enable to make Microsoft Defender antivirus scan and eliminate adware, PUAs, or PUPs in real-time.Read more
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
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
With the Windows 10 Redstone build, Windows Defender icon is added to the notification area and can’t be removed via Settings. However, you may remove the icon by disabling an optional startup entry added by Windows Defender.Read more