Enabling Microsoft Defender on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 and Later


Enabling Microsoft Defender on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 and later

Microsoft Defender comes pre-configured on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 to provide standard antivirus (AV) scanning and protection by default.

Microsoft Defender will continue to provide passive scanning capabilities even if a third-party AV is installed.

By default, Real-time protection should be enabled. However, depending on existing group policy configuration, the presence of third-party anti-virus applications, or other system configurations, real-time protection may be disabled.

If the client is unable to enable real-time protection for Microsoft Defender you may need to remove third party anti-virus or ensure that the Group Policy setting "Turn off Windows Defender" is not enabled for your client systems. 

Enable Real-Time Protection for Microsoft Defender

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to Update & security
  3. Choose Windows Defender on the sidebar
  4. Ensure “Real-time protection” is set to “On”
    The real time protection slider in Windows Defender should be on
  5. Ensure "Cloud-based Protection" is set to "On" 
  6. Enable "Automatic sample submission" if desired

 

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