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How to Activate Windows Defender

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Windows Defender is pre-installed on your PC to keep out viruses and provides security through firewalls. It is a free protection software against malware, spyware, ransomware, and phishing. Windows Defender provides custom security settings, child safety options, and personalization options which are the most helpful features for users. After activating the Windows on your PC, you have to activate the Windows Defender app.

How to Activate Windows Defender

[1] Navigate to the Windows icon on the taskbar and click on it.

[2] Click the Cog icon to open up the Settings.

Click Settings - How to Activate Windows Defender

[3] Scroll down to find and locate the Update & Security section.

Update & Security

[4] Select Windows Security from the left pane and click the Open Windows Security button.

How to Activate Windows Defender

[5] In the Security Center screen, click Virus & Threat Protection.

[6] Next, turn on the Real-time protection, Cloud-delivered protection, Automatic sample submission, and Tamper protection.

turn on the Real-time protection, Cloud delivered protection, Automatic sample submission, and Tamper protection.

[7] With that, you’ve successfully activated the Windows Defender on your Windows PC.

How to Activate Windows Defender [In Group Policy]

[1] Launch the Local Group Policy Editor.

[2] Find and locate the Turn Off Windows Defender option.

 locate the "Turn Off Windows Defender" Setting.

[3] Select Not Configured or Disabled and click OK.

[4] Exit the section and that’s all you’ve activated Windows Defender.

How to Activate Windows Defender [Control Panel]

[1] Open Control Panel on your Windows PC.

[2] Go to the Security and Maintenance and choose Security.

[3] Head to Spyware and unwanted software protection and click on the Turn On Now button.

click on the turn on tab to activate Windows Defender via Action Center

[4] You’ve successfully activated Windows Defender through the Control Panel.

Remember, if you’ve enabled other antivirus services like McAfee, Windows Defender will turn off automatically. When you uninstall other antivirus services, Windows Defender will turn on simultaneously. All the methods mentioned above can be used to activate Windows Defender on any Windows OS like 11, 10, 8, and 7.

FAQ

1. Why can’t I disable Windows Defender?

There is no option to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10. But you can permanently disable using Group Policy or by installing any third-party antivirus service.

2. Can I delete Windows Defender?

No, you cannot delete it permanently as it is natively integrated with the Windows OS.

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