How To Turn On Windows Defender

How To Turn On Windows Defender

Windows Defender is a built-in software for Windows that protects your device from malicious functions, threats, Spyware, and ransomware.

Carry out these steps to turn on windows defender application:

  • On the Windows desktop, navigate to the Control Panel after clicking the Start menu.
  • Select Administrative Tools --> Edit group policy from the Control Panel to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.
  • Click Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Windows Components --> Windows Defender Antivirus.
  • Click on the Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus option that is located under the Settings section.
  • Now, select Disabled or Not Configured checkboxes under the Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus option.
  • Close the window and navigate to the Search Panel by clicking the Start menu.
  • Type 'Windows Defender Security Center' in the search panel and press the Enter key to open the Windows Defender Security Center.
  • Click on the Virus & threat protection settings and verify whether both the Real-time protection and Cloud-delivered protection options are enabled.
  • If it was not enabled, navigate to Windows Components and select Windows Defender Security Center.
  • Click Virus & threat protection and mark the Disabled checkbox under Virus & threat protection. 
  • Once again, navigate to the Control Panel and select Update & Security --> Windows Defender Security Center --> Protection updates --> Check for updates.
  • Check whether you are having the current version of Windows Defender or update it to the latest version.
How to Turn On Windows Defender

How To Turn On Windows Defender In Windows10

Follow these steps to turn on the Windows Defender application quickly on Windows 10:

  • First, remove all the security applications installed on your computer except Windows Defender.
  • On the Windows 10 desktop, click the Windows icon that is available at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  • Select the Settings option and click Updates & security. 
  • Choose the Windows Security tab from the left side panel.
  • Click the Open Windows Defender Security Center option under Windows Security.
  • Select Virus & threat protection --> Virus & threat protection settings.
  • Toggle on the Real-time protection button and select Yes if a new window prompts you to confirm the action.
  • Now, the Windows Defender is enabled on Windows 10.
How to Turn On Windows Defender in Windows 10

How To Turn On Windows Defender Windows 8

Carry out these steps to enable or turn on the Windows Defender on Windows 8:

  • If you receive the message saying that the Windows Defender is turned off, you can check the status using the Action Center.
  • Navigate to the Control Panel and type 'Action Center' in the Search panel located at the top-right corner.
  • Click on the Action Center tab.
  • Under the Security section, select the Turn on now button next to Spyware and unwanted software protection.
  • Alternatively, you can turn on Windows Defender using Windows Defender Service.
  • Use Windows Defender Service when you receive the message "Windows Defender isn't monitoring your PC because the program's service stopped" while opening the Windows Defender.
  • Press Windows + F shortcut key to open the Search bar and type 'services' in the text box.
  • Choose the Settings option and click on the View local services option available on the left side of the screen. 
  • Search for the Windows Defender Service from the list and give a double-click on it.
  • Change the Status type to Automatic from the drop-down menu and click OK.
  • Finally, the Windows Defender security application is enabled on Windows 8.
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