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Windows 10 Defender Security Settings shows you how to set up and configure Windows Defender security settings for your computer plus more.

Last Updated: February 13, 2018

Latest News: I have added another tutorial to the menu.

Windows 10 Defender has come a long way since it was released in Windows 7. If you enable and configure Defender correctly your system will be protected. You don’t really need to install any more security software. Defender is designed to fully protect your system and your family especially children while they are surfing the net.

If you want to add more security to your system you might like to read the following URL Recommendation Tools For Windows.

Windows 10 Defender Security Settings

Step 1 ) Click on Start -> Settings to start setting up Windows Defender. See image below.


Step 2 ) Click on Windows Defender button. See image below.


Step 2-a ) Click on the following button Open Windows Defender Security Center to start enabling and configuring the settings. The following image also displays information about Defender version info. This information can help you understand if Defender is up to date.


Step 3 ) Once you click on the button above you will see the following window. If Defender is active you will see the following words Your device is being protected.

The following image shows you the Defender Center. From here you can start activating and configuring the following settings.

  • Virus & thread protection
  • Device performance and health
  • Firewall and network protection
  • App & browser control
  • Family options

Note: If Defender is not activated, the next step shows you how to activate the security center.


Activate Windows Defender

Step 4 ) To activate Windows Defender click on Settings and then on Virus & threat protection settings link as illustrated in the following image.

The following is a list of options you can enable and configure.

  • Real-time protection
  • Cloud-based protection
  • Automatic sample submission
  • Exclusions
  • Notifications


Step 5 ) The following image shows you Defender active in the status bar. Click on Show hidden icons on the bottom right hand corner. You should see a shield with a green tick. The green tick lets you know that your system is protected and no action is required.


Once you have completed the settings above your system will be protected. This is very important!

I will be updating this tutorial in the future. So keep coming for the latest updates.

If you have any questions please let me know.


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  2 Responses to “Windows 10 Defender Security Settings”

  1. Can you tell me why should I use windows defender instead of antiviruses? because many times windows defender block such applications which I know that they are completely secured. Again it also blocks some websites also. then what is the purpose of windows defender? Please explain it to me.

    • Hi, Windows Defender has improved a lot in Windows 10. By using Windows Defender you know it will always function and run smoothly with the operating system since it is integrated with Windows 10. Apart from that it uses a lot let resources than other third party security software. However you may still choose to use a third party security software. It is up to you.

      You can customize what you want to block and what to allow though. You need to play around with the firewall settings for this. Let me know if you need more information.


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