Windows Defender Realtime protection couldn’t be turned on after Windows 10 Creator Update

My Surface Pro 3 hasn’t installed any third-party antivirus in Windows 10 so I use the Windows Defender for protection. After the tablet is upgraded to Creator Update, I let it run a full scan overnight. Today the system becomes was unresponsive and I have to hard power it off completely and then power it up again. However, I notice that the Real-time protection switch is set to turn off in Windows Defender Security Center setting with the error “Real-time protection couldn’t be turned on. This operation returned because the timeout period expired. Error code 0x800705b4“. Continue reading

Windows Defender cloud based protection greyed out in Windows 10 Creator Update

My Surface Pro 4 tablet has been upgraded to Windows 10 Creator Update successfully. Last night I executed an infected exe file stupidly and that make my tablet acting up to pop up dialog and also disable Windows Defender. Then I get Malwarebytes to clean it up completely and re-enable WD in group policy. However, I open the Settings app and go to Updates & security > Windows Defender menu, it shows “some settings are managed by your organization” and the Cloud Protection and Automatic Sample submission are greyed out and set to OFF, while I am able to turn on/off the Real-time protection. Continue reading

Remove Windows Defender yellow triangle in Windows 10 Creators Update

I have used a ethernet cable connected to Internet, so I disable the WiFi driver on my Windows 10 computer after install the Creator Update. Now the Windows Defender system tray icon displays a yellow warning triangle with an exclamation mark. I open the Device perfomance & health in Security Center and it recommends me to turn on my WiFi Realtek card. Is it a bug or how can I get back the green checkmark icon in the taskbar? Continue reading

How to Exclude files or folders from scanning in Windows Defender Security Center on Windows 10

After my Surface Pro 4 is installed Windows 10 1703 build, I could not find the ability to configure file and folder exclusions in Windows Defender. It seems be removed or hidden but I would like to reduce the scan time with virtual machines and ISO files on my tablet. Any way to exclude them with Windows 10 Creators Update? Continue reading

How to Disable Firewall Notifications In Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows 10 Creators Update brings a new application named Windows Defender Security Center, known as Windows Defender Dashboard. This security product provides protection from viruses and malware threats and also has been added the Firewall function. By default all apps have no network access and Windows Security will alert you to deny or allow the connection. Continue reading

Install Windows Defender definition updates Offline in Windows 10/8 on Surface Pro

Windows 10 and 8.1/8 OS include a free antispyware program named Windows Defender. It can improve your computer system security and protect against malware, similar to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). By default Windows Defender definition updates will be downloaded through Windows Update every day. However, in the situations such as Internet connection issue or Windows Update is turned off, you are unable to get the latest virus definition files for that. Any way to get it working fine to deal with the latest virus? Continue reading

Microsoft Security Client Error 0×80070426 after Windows 10 Anniversary Edition

After I upgraded my computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and logged into the system, it kept popping up an error message “Microsoft Security Client An error has occured in the program during initialization. If this problem continues, please contact your system administrator. Error code: 0×80070426.” on startup. That also happened with rebooting and doing power-cycle didn’t take any effect. How can I resolve the problem? Continue reading

How to Enable scan compressed files with Windows Defender in Windows 10

Windows Defender is the built-in anti-malware component in Windows 10 and offers the protection to keep your tablet or computer safe from viruses, spyware and malicious software. By default on every process Windows Defender doesn’t scan compressed (archive) files such as .zip, *.rar or .cab files for threats and viruses. To get better security, you’d better turn on such feature on your device. Continue reading

Enable Windows Defender Scan Mapped Network Drives and USB flash in full scanning

Many people have used the Windows Defender to protect their Windows 10 tablet or computer against viruses and spyware. If you always plug a USB flash drive, CD/DVD rom, or SD card, or have mounted mapped network drives, the contents may include malicious. However, the built-in antivirus software only scans them during a quick and custom scan, so you could try the tutorial to let it do that when there is a full scanning. Continue reading

Enable Windows Defender Block At First Sight Anti-Malware in Windows 10

Windows 10 Anniversary update brings Block at First Sight feature in Windows Defender cloud protection for helping Network administrators detect and block new malware quickly to keep secure. It sends a metadata to a Microsoft cloud service and checks if the program is malicious then let Defender remove it. You could try the how-to tutorial to disable or enable it on Surface Pro or other computer. Continue reading