How to turn on Windows Defender?
Windows Defender was launched by Microsoft several years ago as a built-in anti-spyware protector.
Windows Defender was launched by Microsoft as a built-in-antispyware protector several years ago. With the beta first released in 2005, Windows Defender has gone through several changes and today it’s known as Windows Defender.
It’s available for Windows XP, Vista up to Windows 7. After the launch of Windows 8 the software went through some upgrades and was developed further so that it could protect well against malware and also speeding up computers.
However, as we know there’s always a problem in technology the Microsoft’s protection software creates troubles and does not behave well when someone attempts to install other anti-virus software and to run them they have to turn off Windows defender or else they won’t be able to install it no matter what they do. After turning off, Defender will automatically turn itself on after the subscription of certain anti-virus ends but sometimes it doesn’t turn on automatically and then it has to be done manually but worry not today we will teach you the proper steps on how to manually turn Windows Defender On?
But first let’s talk a little about why Windows Defender?
Now, Why Windows Defender?
There are so many reasons why one should opt for Windows Defender. One of the reason is that windows defender is built in software so you don’t have to worry about installing it and its totally free so no subscription fees which other antivirus software charges like Norton Security or NPAV. There’s no premium version for which you have to pay, no ads to annoy you with, and has no feature limitations.
You just have to turn it on if you are Windows 10 user because Windows 10 doesn’t have turned on Windows Defender but it’s easy to turn it on and today we will teach you that and you’ll learn in seconds. You also don’t have to worry about updating as it has supports Windows update so it automatically gets updated when Microsoft releases any update for it.
Lastly, it has advanced features like could protection, malware removal, real time analysis and so many that you can just protect your pc from any type of malware.
Windows Defender may not be the best option if you have important data or are into business and have your trade secrets stored in it, but for rest of the others it’s basically useful as they don’t have to spend at all. So now let’s get into how to turn it on and then go and turn it on if it isn’t already and also first you have to know whether it’s already turned on or not. Here’s how to check if it’s already turned on or not.
To know whether it’s running or not click on the icon on the task bar at the right side of where time is shown and click on that upper arrow icon if it’s in hidden items. Now in there you’ll see that there are several icons and if there’s any icon with (X) beside it means Defender isn’t running and if there is no cross then it means it’s turned on so you don’t need to anything anymore so just chill out but if it’s not turned on below is how to get it running
How to turn on Windows Defender?
- To begin, click the Start menu (or on the start screen in Windows 8) and type “Defender” into the search bar (you can also press Windows key + Q to bring up the search bar needed). This shortcut will launch the search function on your system. Windows Defender should appear in the results list. Click it to launch the program. If it is up and running, and takes you straight to the program’s dashboard, skip to step 5 and carry it out from there.
- A message may appear now, saying: “this application has been turned off and isn’t monitoring your computer”. If so, search for “Action Centre” in the Start menu (or start screen on Windows 8) and click it to open.
- Once in the Action Centre, click on the Security tab to see which program is managing ‘Spyware and unwanted software protection’. If you want to replace an existing anti-spyware suite, such as AVG Free, and enable Defender, you should first uninstall the current suite via the Programs menu in the Control Panel.
- On Windows 10, things are a bit different. You need to open the Control Panel (but not the Settings app), and head to System and Security > Security and Maintenance. Here, you will be able to choose Windows Defender and make sure you uninstall any existing software or you won’t be able to turn windows defender on.
- Now that you have uninstalled any existing anti-spyware or anti-virus programs, type “Defender” into the Start menu again, and click on the program. If it’s disabled, you will be informed with a message telling you so, and there will be a text link, saying: “Click here to turn it on”. Go ahead and click the link to enable Windows Defender.
- If your computer isn’t already protected, you should be taken to the Windows Defender dashboard. Defender may well be out of date, so it is advisable to start by updating its protection software. Click on the Updates button and follow the steps to install the latest Defender updates.
- When you see a green bar, Defender has been fully updated, and is ready to protect your computer.
If you click on the Tools link, and then on Real-time protection in the left-hand pane, there are also a number of additional options for scanning downloads, attachments and programs that are well worth enabling, too.
You might also need to turn off windows defender at some point to install other software’s and to do that just click on Windows defender and turn off real time protection and windows defender will be turned off.