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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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    26 Mar 2017
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    How to Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10

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    Microsoft is making it easier for you to view and control Windows 10 device security and health features available on your PC or tablet with the availability of a new Windows Defender dashboard coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update. Windows Insiders will get a preview of the new experience beginning with Windows 10 build 14986.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15002, the Windows Defender dashboard app is reported to be fully functional.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15007, the Windows Defender dashboard app has been renamed to Windows Defender Security Center.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15042, the Windows Defender Security Center has had the Home and App & browser control pages updated.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15046, Windows Defender Security Center has added a notification icon to the notification area so you can see your protection status at a glance. You can also easily launch the app from the notification icon. Windows Defender Antivirus notifications also now lead to Windows Defender Security Center when clicked. Also: Windows Defender Security Center can now be launched directly from the Settings app and the “App and Browser” page is now functional.

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






    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)

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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 it’s Windows Defender Antivirus that comes free with Windows 10 or AV software from one of our ecosystem partners. If you’ve 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 kids’ online activity and managing controls for purchasing apps and games. You can also view the health and safety of your family’s devices from this centralized location.


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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. Cliff S's Avatar
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       08 Jan 2017 #1

    Nice over view Shawn!
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       08 Jan 2017 #2

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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       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. M4v3r1ck's Avatar
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       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?

    Build 15014
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    Greetz
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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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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       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'.

    Greetz
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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.    3 Days Ago #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. Brink's Avatar
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       3 Days Ago #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; 3 Days Ago at 14:59. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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