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How to Use Windows Defender on Windows 10


Know how to do a scan on your computer.

Know how to do a scan on your computer.

Online threats exist every day, whether you have Windows 10 from an upgrade, purchased a new Windows 10 personal computer, tablet, or laptop. You need to have protection against these online attackers and one place to begin is right on Windows 10, using Microsoft’s Windows Defender.

Getting Started

If you plan on using Windows Defender or a third party for protection, the security software onboard still needs to be correctly set up until you have your third party protection ready.

Select Start and enter “windows defender” in the box. Choose Windows Defender shown at the top of the results. You will see the apps main interface.

First, as with any security software, Windows Defender needs to be updated. Select the Update tab. Select Update if definitions are not up to date. This should be done on a daily basis.

Next, a scan needs to be ran, which is done in the Home tab. Choose which type of scan you want (initial scan should be Full), now select Scan now.

History and Quarantines

The History tab shows a list of all quarantined items, and a list of items Windows Defender has been instructed by you to ignore. To view these items, choose what kind you want to see, and View details. This shows the name of file, alert level, and released or guaranteed date.

Excluding Items

False positives, directories, files, and applications are able to be excluded from Windows Defender scans. This can be accessed by Settings > Update & security > Windows Defender.

Go down to Exclusions and select Add an exclusion. This is where you are able to add Folders, Files, Processes, and File Types to the exclusion list.

Cloud and Real-Time Protection Configuration

Cloud-based Protection and Real-time protection are found at Settings > Update & security > Windows Defender. Both of these protections are able to be enabled and disabled on this screen. It is recommended to keep both of these settings On.

Windows Defender actively identifies malware and blocks it on your computer with Real-time protection. Cloud-based Protection helps improve detected threat identification by crowd sourcing from all computer with Windows 10 with Windows Defender on. Is it wise to have these enabled, however if turned off for a while, Windows will turn them back on.

There is another option you can enabled called Sample submission. You do not need to have this enabled. When this option is enabled, malware samples are sent to Microsoft.

Disable Windows Defender

If you have third party anti-virus software installed, Windows 10 automatically disables Windows Defender. Until uninstalling or disabling the third party software, it is not possible to change settings in Windows Defender.

Windows Defender or Third Party Software

This depends on what requirements you want. You are protected from most threats with Windows Defender, but paid third party software may have additional benefits you are interested in. Remember, there are always ways to remove viruses, but if you can prevent them then you’re less likely to lose all of your information with a complete computer wipe.

Protect Your Windows Data

Protect all of your info on Windows.

Protect all of your info on Windows.

Ways to Protect and Hide Your Data When Using Windows

The majority of people have person information stored on their computer, making them want to protect it from snooping eyes. This may be from possible hackers, or family members. There are different methods to accomplish this, all with different levels of security. You might want to just hide your data from appearing on your system, or you might want to have passwords and encryption employed.

Ways to Hide Your Data

Individual folders and files can be hidden with an inbuilt method that is in Windows. First, you need to be sure files you want marked hidden appear that way. Start Windows Explorer and make your way to organize, then Folder and search options, now select the tab that says View. Select, Don’t show hidden files, folder, or drives underneath where it says Hidden files and Folders. Now click OK.

Now it is time to hide the data you want hidden. Right click on the file or folder, click Properties and on the tab that says General, tick Hidden. Select Advanced to have extra protection. Where you see the archiving options, untick it. When doing a Windows search, this file or folder will not appear.

If you want the hidden data to show, reverse the steps you just completed. As you can see, this method is not greatly secured. This is due the fact, people that are tech savvy will know how to do the same process you did to uncover the files. However, people that are less savvy will be discouraged from finding the data that is hidden.

Hide Your Entire Drive

The entire drive can be hidden from people by going a step further. Search your system for, disk management. Select it when found, this brings a window up showing all the drives you have, whether external or internal that are connected to the computer. Right click on the drive that you want to hide, select Change Drive Letter and Paths. A new window will open, select the letter of the drive, click Remove then select OK. The drive is not searchable now on the computer.

As with hiding files and folders, copying these steps can rediscover your drive that you hid, making security this way not great either.

Protection with Passwords

Third party software offers the proper protection by password use. Some cost, but there are alternatives that are free available. Check online reviews of any third party software you are considering. Always make sure you’re making strong passwords, as well for your protection.

Encrypting the Data

Encryption offers the best protection. Two third party encryption software are AxCrypt and VeraCrypt. These both are easy to use and are free, although they do accept donations.

Security of your data is important. These suggestions should help, and keep in mind you can use a combination for more protection.

What to Look for in Anti-Malware Software

Malware can be harmful, if not prevented.

Malware can be harmful, if not prevented.

Malware Is Dangerous to a PC

Malware is a type of software made to damage or infiltrate a computer without receiving consent from the owner. Malware is otherwise known as, malicious software. Malware can be found in several forms. Having anti-malware protection software. helps keep your computer safe from malware.

What Malware is Capable of Doing

A surprising amount of PCs get infected with malware. Out of ten computers connected to the internet, nine will be infected. Without this protection, you are opened up for identity theft, hard drive corruption, personal information exposed, and your usernames and passwords stolen. Malware can find you even when being careful.

Functions and Features Needed in Anti-Malware

You may have anti-malware software installed on your PC already. Knowing what key functions and features are needed for adequate protection, will help in the decision of what software should be used. Look for these when browsing for Anti-Malware software:

  • Automatic updates for malware. The program you choose should be able to connect automatically to the vendors website, and download any available updates.
  • Automatic updates for the program. The program should be able to automatically check for updates to the program and install them.
  • Real time scanning. You want the malware stopped prior to entering your PC. Real time scanning can accomplish this.
  • On demand scanning. The user should be able to choose a folder, file, or drive to be scanned when initiated.
  • Access Scans. Scanning for malware should be done when any files are accessed or opened.
  • Compressed Files Scan. Many times malware is embedded in files that are compressed. The program needs to have the ability to scan these files.
  • Scheduled Scans. Malware software should have the capability for the user to program regular scans of PC.
  • Script Blocking. At times, script languages in websites are used for the execution of malicious software codes. The program should be able to block malware found in such languages as Java, ActiveX, or other language scripts.
  • E-mail Protection. Anti-Malware software needs to have the ability to monitor the e-mail traffic, including attachments, and block any malware from entering your PC.
  • Interface Easy to Use. The program should be easy to configure for even the novice PC user.
  • Heuristic Detection Ability. With this ability, recent threats are able to be detected, by analyzing characteristics and behaviors of files that are suspicious.

Preventing Malware Infections

Besides the use of anti-malware software, there are some precautions the PC user should take. Use anti-virus software and a firewall, as well. Security setting in the browser should be increased. Use of public computers should be used with caution. Using these precautions and having adequate anti-malware protection, will help keep your computer clean.

Having a computer free of Malware can be beneficial, since there are no harmful damages being done. If you suspect that you have Malware on your computer, and do not have the time or means to fix it; speak with us here where we can take a look and get it working as good as new.