How to Install Windows Defender Antivirus

Install Windows Defender Antivirus

Are you looking for an effective way to prevent viruses or malware on your Windows computer? The Windows Defender Antivirus can safeguard your computer from most of the threats. In the recent Windows systems, Windows Defender is the default Antivirus software. Consider the steps given below how to install Windows Defender Antivirus on your computer.

Downloading and Installing Windows Defender Antivirus:

  • You will need an internet connection to download and install Windows Defender Antivirus.
  • Go to the Microsoft website from your web browser.
  • Choose your place of residence and language in the homescreen.
  • In the search section, type Windows Defender and press the Enter key.
  • Select the Windows Defender section from the results.
  • When the home page of Windows Defender appears, click on the Get it now button.
  • Click on the Download button to begin the download process.
  • If the download doesn’t start automatically, click the Start Download button.
  • Select Save File and wait for the download process to complete.
  • Once the installer file is downloaded, click Run when the Open file window pops up.
  • When the Windows Defender installation wizard appears, click Next.
  • Click on the Validate button to verify the genuineness of your Windows operating system.
  • It will take a few minutes to complete the validating process.
  • Click on the Radio button next to “I accept” to agree with the terms and conditions on the license agreement of Microsoft. Then, click Next.
  • In the Help protect Windows screen, checkmark the Use recommended settings option. Then, click Next.
  • When the Setup Type window appears, choose the Complete option.
  • Click on the Install button to begin the installation process of Windows Defender Antivirus.
  • Select Finish to exit the wizard once the installation process is completed.
  • You can now open Windows Defender Antivirus and scan your computer for viruses.

Turning on already existing Windows Defender Antivirus:

  • If Windows Defender is already present on your computer, you have to turn it on.
  • Go to the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  • Navigate to the Administrative Tools section and choose Edit group policy.
  • When the Local Group Edit Policy Window appears, open Computer Configuration.
  • Select Administrative Templates and go to Windows Components.
  • Now, select Windows Defender, and make sure that the Disabled or Not configured option is selected under the Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus section.
  • Open the Virus And Threat Protection settings and turn on Real-time protection.
  • Your computer is now protected with Windows Defender Antivirus.
How to Install Windows Defender Antivirus