Want to take advantage of the newest Windows Security features to help protect your PC? You'll find the latest news and information about Windows Security here.
- If you're running Windows 10 in S mode, some of the features of the Windows Security interface will be a little different. Windows 10 in S mode is streamlined for tighter security, so the Virus & threat protection area has fewer options than those described here. This is because the built-in security of Windows 10 in S mode automatically prevents viruses and other threats from running on your device. In addition, devices running Windows 10 in S mode receive security updates automatically.
- In previous versions of Windows 10, Windows Security is called Windows Defender Security Center.
We’ve updated your protection
We’ve improved the cloud-based protection and automatic sample submission features included in Windows 10 so that Windows Security can respond to new threats faster. In most cases, Windows Security uses cloud-based protection to detect and block threats the very first time it encounters them. In some cases, Windows Security will use the cloud to analyze the suspicious program. This analysis helps Windows Security learn about new threats, so it can respond with protection much faster than on earlier versions of Windows.
How do I know if I’m protected?
By running Windows Security with cloud-delivered protection and automatic sample submission turned on, you can rest assured that you’re receiving the very highest level of protection from the latest threats. That’s it!
Updates to Windows Security settings
Thanks to your feedback, we’ve made some changes to the Windows Security settings to help make securing your PC as easy as possible.
Run an offline scan to find and remove malware that can’t be found with a normal scan. To run an offline scan in Windows Security, select Virus & threat protection, and then under Current threats, select Scan options > Windows Defender Offline scan > Scan now.
We’re more informative
To help you better understand what you’re turning on or off, we’ve clarified the descriptions for some of the settings, including cloud-delivered protection and automatic sample submission. And for those of you working on a PC in an organization, we’ve clarified which options you can control and which ones you can’t.