If you have Windows 10 Creators Update, you’ll get the latest antivirus protection with Windows Defender Antivirus. When you start up Windows 10 Creators Update for the first time, Windows Defender Antivirus is on and actively helping to protect your device by scanning for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats.
Windows Defender Antivirus uses real-time protection to scan your downloads and the programs you run on your device. Also, Windows Update downloads updates for Windows Defender Antivirus automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.
Windows Defender Antivirus has a new home in the Windows Defender Security Center. In this app you can:
- Monitor threats to your device, run scans, and get updates to help detect the latest threats.
- See status about your device’s performance health and keep your device clean and up to date with the latest version of Windows 10.
- Manage the settings for your Windows Firewall, and monitor what’s happening with your networks and Internet connections.
- Use Family options to manage your children’s online experiences and the devices in your household.
- Use Windows Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge to help protect your device against potentially dangerous apps, files, sites, and downloads.
Each of these areas displays a status icon:
- Green tells you there aren’t any recommended actions.
- Yellow means there is a recommendation for you.
- Red is warning you that something needs immediate attention.
When you first open Windows Defender Security Center, you’ll immediately see a clear message about the protection status of your device, along with information about:
- When the device was last scanned for threats.
- The last time the definition files, used to check for threats, were updated.
- The last time the health of your device was checked.
If you have another antivirus app installed, Windows Defender Antivirus will turn off automatically.
Windows Defender Antivirus regularly scans your device to help keep it safe. If you want to set your own scan schedule:
- Go to Start , enter schedule tasks into the Search bar, and in the list of results, select Schedule tasks.
- In the left pane, expand Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows, and then scroll down and tap (or double-click) the Windows Defender folder.
- In the top-center pane, tap (or double-click) Windows Defender Scheduled Scan.
- Select the Triggers tab, and then select New.
- Set your time and frequency, and then select OK.
- Open Windows Defender Security Center, then select Virus & Threat Protection > Threat Settings.
- Turn off Real-time protection.
Article ID: 4013263 - Last Review: 24 Apr 2017 - Revision: 9