Microsoft Defender is a component of Windows 10 and 11 that provides comprehensive, built-in and ongoing security protections. It features an anti-virus, anti-malware, firewall and more, to keep your personal computer safe.
Learn more about Microsoft Defender from the vendor’s website.
NOTE: Microsoft Defender cannot be enabled when another anti-virus is installed, e.g.: Trend Micro Antivirus
To enable Windows Defender
|1. Click the windows logo in the bottom left corner of the screen. The Start menu will pop up.|
|2. Scroll down and click Windows Security to open the application.
|3. On the Windows Security screen, check if any antivirus program has been installed and running in your computer.|
|Green tick: An antivirus program is present and running in your computer. Enabling of Windows Defender is not necessary as your computer is protected by Windows Defender.|
|No tick: No antivirus present and Windows Defender is not enabled in your computer. Please proceed to next step to enable Windows Defender, to keep your personal computer safe.|
|4. Click on Virus & threat protection as shown
|5. Next, select Virus & threat protection icon
|6. Turn on for Real-time protection