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    Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10

    Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10

    How to Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10
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    29 Jun 2017
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    How to Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10

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    If you have Windows 10 Creators Update, youíll get the latest antivirus protection with Windows Defender Antivirus. When you start up Windows 10 Creators Update for the first time, Windows Defender Antivirus is on and actively helping to protect your device by scanning for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats.

    Windows Defender Antivirus uses real-time protection to scan your downloads and the programs you run on your device. Also, Windows Update downloads updates for Windows Defender Antivirus automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

    Windows Defender Antivirus has a new home in the Windows Defender Security Center. In this app you can:
    • Monitor threats to your device, run scans, and get updates to help detect the latest threats.
    • See status about your deviceís performance health and keep your device clean and up to date with the latest version of Windows 10.
    • Manage the settings for your Windows Firewall, and monitor whatís happening with your networks and Internet connections.
    • Use Family options to manage your childrenís online experiences and the devices in your household.
    • Use Windows Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge to help protect your device against potentially dangerous apps, files, sites, and downloads.

    Each of these areas displays a status icon:
    • Green tells you there arenít any recommended actions.
    • Yellow means there is a recommendation for you.
    • Red is warning you that something needs immediate attention.

    When you first open Windows Defender Security Center, youíll immediately see a clear message about the protection status of your device, along with information about:
    • When the device was last scanned for threats.
    • The last time the definition files, used to check for threats, were updated.
    • The last time the health of your device was checked.

    For more information, see also: Windows Defender Security Center | Microsoft Docs

    This tutorial will show you how to open the Windows Defender Security Center app in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    If you have another antivirus app installed, Windows Defender Antivirus will turn off automatically.

    Here's How:

    1. Open the Start menu , and click/tap on the Windows Defender Security Center app in the all apps list. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    You can also right click on the Windows Defender notification icon, and click/tap on Open to open the Windows Defender Security Center.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16188, double-clicking the Windows Defender Security Center icon in the notification area will now open Windows Defender Security Center.
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    2. You can now view and change the settings you like from the homepage. (see screenshots below)

     Virus & threat protection

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    Virus & threat protection provides a new view of your antivirus protection whether itís Windows Defender Antivirus that comes free with Windows 10 or AV software from one of our ecosystem partners. If youíve chosen Windows Defender Antivirus, your scan results and threat history will be displayed here, or you will be able to launch your 3rd party AV protection app directly from this screen.

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     Device performance & health

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    This is a new section added starting with the leaked Windows 10 build 15002.

    Device performance & health provides a single view of your latest Windows updates, drivers, battery life and storage capacity. Additionally, you have the option to start fresh with a clean install of Windows using the Refresh Windows feature. This option will keep your personal files and some Windows settings, and remove most of your apps for a fresh start that can help with performance improvements should your device need them.

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     Firewall & network protection

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    Firewall & network protection provides information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings, as well as links to network troubleshooting information.

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     App & browser control

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    App & browser control allows you to adjust settings for SmartScreen for apps and browsers helping you be more informed and stay safer online by warning you of potential malicious sites, downloads and unrecognized apps and files from the Internet.

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     Family options

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    Family options gives you an easy way to connect to the family options available online. This page can link you to information about parental controls, options for setting up good screen time habits, setting up activity reports of your kidsí online activity and managing controls for purchasing apps and games. You can also view the health and safety of your familyís devices from this centralized location.

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    That's it,

  1. Posts : 16,183
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       08 Jan 2017 #1

    Nice over view Shawn!
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  2. Posts : 22,937
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
    Thread Starter
       08 Jan 2017 #2

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  3. Posts : 22,937
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
    Thread Starter
       15 Jan 2017 #3

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15007, the Windows Defender dashboard app has been renamed to Windows Defender Security Center.
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  4. Posts : 541
    Win 10 Pro x64 1607 (Build 14393.953)
       23 Jan 2017 #4

    Thanks for the overview!

    What's the consensus here on TF about WDSC replacing applications like those from ESET (which I use) and other AV/FW softwarefarms?

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       23 Jan 2017 #5

    WDSC is basically just a way to have all of your security settings for the already included items of W10 in one place for more convenience.

    Windows Defender can often be used along with other 3rd party AV programs. Some will disable WD though.

    It's more of a personal choice of what AV program you prefer, but so far I've not had any issues with using WD alone.
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  6. Posts : 541
    Win 10 Pro x64 1607 (Build 14393.953)
       23 Jan 2017 #6

    Thanks for your feedback Brink!

    I'll just let WDSC play along with ESET in all upcoming IP builds. When released I'll do a clean install - VM - with only WDSC active, just to get a better view on the 'differences'.

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  7.    23 Jan 2017 #7

    Would WD be enough of a security barrier if you view a lot of websites in the course of your daily work? I deal with hospitals and its quite common for them to either close down or change their domain name (after being bought up for instance). At the moment I use Avast along with MBM and I see no reason to change.
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  8.    26 Mar 2017 #8

    I think the original security panel with tabs was easier to use. I have spent several hours trying to do what I want with the new security center, and still no luck! Windows defender found a Trojan on my PC and quarantined it. With the old security panel, I would just click the history tab, go to quarantined items, and select them for removal. On the new security center all I see under history is the name and location of the file, and the statement that quarantined files are periodically removed. I see no option to remove it on my own immediately, or to disagree and restore the file.
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  9. Posts : 22,937
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
    Thread Starter
       26 Mar 2017 #9

    Hello @1Steve, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you like, you can still open the original Windows Defender by running the .exe file below. It will take a little bit (around 1 minute) for it to actually open after running the file though.

    Create Windows Defender Antivirus Shortcut in Windows 10

    C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Mar 2017 at 14:59. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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