This article describes an antimalware platform update package for Windows Defender for the following operating systems:
- Windows 10 (Enterprise, Pro, and Home)
- Windows Server 2016
Known issues in this update
- Because of a change in the file path location in the update, many downloads are being blocked when AppLocker is enabled.
To work around this issue, open Group Policy, and then change the setting to "Allow" for the following path:
This package includes monthly updates and fixes to the Windows Defender antimalware platform that is used by Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10.
Monthly updates are installed in addition to major Windows 10 releases. Both types of updates should be installed to ensure continued protection against malware and other threats.
For more information about how the updates work and how you can configure and manage them, see the Manage Windows Defender Antivirus updates and apply baselines topic.
Regular monthly updates are now being provided in addition to the standard performance updates. These monthly updates apply to Windows 10 Version 1607, Version 1703, and Version 1709.
File location changes
This update makes the following binary location changes.
|Affected component||Old location||New location|
Windows Defender Antivirus service (MsMpEng.exe)
Network Realtime Inspection service (NisSrv.exe)
|%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender||%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\<Version>|
|Windows Defender Antivirus drivers|| |
All third-party applications that have references to these binaries must be updated to the new locations.
How to obtain this update
This update is available from Microsoft Update and WSUS.
This update changes the antimalware client version.
How to find the client version information
- Windows 10 Version 1709 and later versions:
Open the Windows Defender Security Center app, click the Settings icon, and then click About. The version number is listed under Antimalware Client Version.
- Windows 10 Version 1607, Version 1703, and later versions:
Open the Windows Defender app, click Help, and then click About. The version number is listed under Antimalware Client Version.
The package name is listed as Update for Windows Defender antimalware platform. The package size is approximately 2–3 MB.
You do not have to restart the system after you install this update.