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How to enable and use the built in Windows Defender for Antivirus Protection in Windows 10

Technical Level : Basic


Windows 10 might require a new version of your Antivirus designed for Windows 10. If you have a subscription that has not expired, contact the developer to find out about Windows 10 support. Most Antivirus utilities should be upgraded by the time Windows 10 launches. If your subscription is still active, then you should be entitled to a compatible update for Windows 10. If your current Antivirus is incompatible with Windows 10 or you do not plan to renew your subscription, you can use the built in Windows Defender as an alternative. Lets take a quick look at enabling and updating Windows Defender.


Press Windows key + X

Click Programs and Features

Select the Antivirus utility you have installed, then click Uninstall/Change. You might have a different one installed, I have Norton for example.

This will launch the setup wizard which will guide you through uninstalling your Antivirus. Follow the on screen instructions, a reboot might be required.

During the uninstallation, you might receive a notification indicating virus protection is turned off. You can use this opportunity to enable Windows Defender right away. If not, follow the next steps to enable it yourself manually.

Click Start
Click Settings or press Windows key + i
Click Click Update & Security

Click Windows Defender

Make sure Real-time protection is enabled

Windows Defender should automatically turn on and prompt you update. Do so right away, as the definitions tend to be out of date by many months or years (depending on when you install Windows 10).

That’s it, you now have a free built in Antivirus utility you don’t have to pay for.


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