How to Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10
InformationMicrosoft 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.
1. Open the Start menu , and click/tap on the Windows Defender Security Center app in the all apps list. (see screenshot below)
2. You can now view and change the settings you like from the homepage. (see screenshots below)
- Virus & threat protection
- Device performance & health
- Firewall & network protection
- App & browser control
- Family options
NoteVirus & 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.
NoteThis 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.
NoteFirewall & network protection provides information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings, as well as links to network troubleshooting information.
NoteApp & 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.
NoteFamily 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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