Windows 10 comes with an antivirus installed by default. This is Windows Defender, which if properly configured can protect you against malware and other types of viruses and malicious programs. We explain how to get it up and running in just a few minutes with some basic setup tips.
Is Windows Defender enough protection for your computer?
If you are a Windows user , it is practically essential to use some type of antivirus or protection program. The amount of malware that circulates on the Internet is enormous, and its target is usually inexperienced users, who are not very careful when downloading and installing files.
Update Windows Defender weekly
Windows 10 automatic updates are not a tasteful dish for anyone, but they are necessary. This operating system is the one that has the largest repertoire of viruses of all kinds, and for this reason it is essential to keep it up to date to correct all the vulnerabilities that arise.
The same goes for your default antivirus database. As with third-party programs, updating Windows Defender allows you to maintain a more complete database to detect the penultimate security threats to your PC.
It is recommended to update it at least once a week. You can do this by entering Windows Defender in the search bar that appears next to Start. Once the app is open, just go to the Update tab to see if there is any new version available.
Activate real-time protection
Let’s say you’re already inside the app. As we have explained in the previous step, just type its name in the search bar.
Just like you can see the Update button, there is one that sends you directly to the Windows Defender Configuration Settings , one of the most important menus of the Windows 10 antivirus. Click on it to see what modifications you can make.
In the window that opens, you are mainly interested in two options that you must activate as soon as possible:
- Real time protection
- Cloud based protection
Both allow you to scan every new program you install, every file you download and every connection your computer establishes in real time. This will keep you aware of any threat to your security as soon as it occurs.
They are two of the most important aspects that you can configure in Windows Defender .
Add an exclusion to Windows Defender
It is possible that this antivirus built into Windows 10 detects a program as a threat that is not. You know very well that it is trustworthy and that is why you want to make it go through the Windows Defender filter without major problems.
It is possible to do it, and it is that the developers contemplate the option that their program detects unknown software as malware.
To add an exclusion to Windows Defender , open your Security Center—again, by typing Start—and go to Virus & Threat Protection > Virus & Threat Protection Settings. This is the menu where you can add or remove exceptions to the antivirus.
Of course, from now on we warn you one thing: use this option only if you are sure that the program you are going to give free rein to is completely trustworthy.
Full scan your PC at least once a week
Like all antiviruses, the one that comes pre-installed on W10 also offers you the option to run a scan for viruses, malware, spyware, and other types of malicious programs. It is true that scanning your PC with Windows Defender may not be as effective as doing it with other computer security suites, but it does not give a stone.
We have already said that it is recommended to have another antivirus, but if you have decided to use only Windows Defender, try to run a complete scan of your computer at least once a week. Even if you have activated the real-time protection mode, some files may have escaped their surveillance.