How to Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10
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
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. (see screenshot below)
2. Click/tap on OK in the "Windows Defender is making some improvements" message. (see screenshot below)
3. You can now view and change the settings you like from the homepage. (see screenshots below)
Virus & threat protection
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.
Device performance & health
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.
Firewall & network protection
Firewall & network protection provides information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings, as well as links to network troubleshooting information.
App & browser control
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.
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.