How to Turn on Windows Defender – Complete Guide

Windows Defender is an antivirus and anti-spyware software which comes as a built-in application with Microsoft Windows. Latest versions of Windows Defender are highly effective against almost all types of antivirus, anti-spyware and malware also. Although Windows Defender itself is top rated antivirus software but if you are using a third-party antivirus software then Windows Defender disables itself automatically to avoid any conflicts between itself and newly installed antivirus software. If you want to know how to turn on Windows Defender then follow the instructions given below.

  • Click on the start menu or start screen depending upon your version of operating system
  • Find the search box and type “defender” in it.
  • You will see it in the search results.
  • Click on it and it will launch the application.
  • If the program opens and takes you straight to the dashboard, then skip the next eleven bullets.
  • A message may be visible saying that “this app has been turned off and it is not monitoring your computer.”

How to Turn on Windows Defender

  • If the above message appears, open start menu or screen according to whichever operating system you have and search for “Action Center”.
  • When you reach Action Center, click on the security tab to see which software is taking care of spyware protection.
  • If it is any other anti-virus software you will have to uninstall it via Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
  • Now that you uninstalled all other anti-virus software open start menu or screen.
  • Find the search box and type “defender” in it.
  • You will see it in the search results.
  • Click on it and it will launch the application.
  • If it is off you will get a message saying that “Windows Defender is turned off.”
  • There will be text link saying “Click here to turn it on.”
  • Now click this link to enable Windows Defender.
  • If your system is not already in protection, you will be taken to the dashboard of Windows Defender. The anti-virus software might be out of date, so it is mandatory first to update its virus protection definitions before starting to use it to get maximum results.
  • To do so click on the update button and follow the on-screen instructions to update it to the latest version.
  • If a green bar becomes visible, it means that it has been fully updated and is totally ready to provide your system with protection.

Windows Defender turn on

  • You can also click on the Tools tab to check some additional functionality like Real-time protection, and there are also many other options like scanning downloads, programs, and attachments that are worth checking out and enabling.

By following the step by step guide you can easily learn how to turn on Windows Defender in different versions of Microsoft Windows.

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