Confusion about turning on Windows Defender to do a scan


  1. Posts : 274
    windows 10 64-bit
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    Confusion about turning on Windows Defender to do a scan


    I'm presently using (running) Avast Pro and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit-Free, with weekly running of CCleaner, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and AdwCleaner. I do a lot of browsing and haven't had any problems with this approach. However, I got the hankering to also keep Windows Defender up-to-date and to occasionally run its scan just to see see if anything comes up. So, I go to WD with the expectation that it is turned off and find that it may not be. I would go to update&security>windows defender and find, to my surprise, that real-time protection and cloud based protection are turned on, but grayed out. Furthermore, when scrolling to the bottom of the screen and clicking Open Windows Defender, I get the message that "WD is turned off and not monitoring the computer." I then went to Brink's WD tutorial (Windows Defender - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums), but I am confused as to how to proceed as I don't know which option to use, or even if this is the right approach???
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    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
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    ...........but I am confused as to how to proceed as I don't know which option to use, or even if this is the right approach??? .............

    If you have Windows 10 Pro, use Option One.
    For Windows 10 Home, use Option Two.
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  3. Posts : 274
    windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    OK, as I have Windows 10 Home, it will be Option 2 for me. But before I proceed, some more clarification questions. Using this procedure will turn on WD and allow me to run a update and scan and then allow me to turn WD off -- Yes/No? And, when I do run WD, should I turn off my other anti-virus apps? Thanks for your help.
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  4. Posts : 5,442
    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
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    RE :Using this procedure will turn on WD and allow me to run a update and scan and then allow me to turn WD off -- Yes/No?

    Yes. Use the tutorial to turn WD On or Off.

    RE : And, when I do run WD, should I turn off my other anti-virus apps?
    No. Just run the WD scan and then turn it off afterwards.
    P.S. Avast is supposed to turn off WD anyway.
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