How to manually install Windows Defender?


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I just realised it's not available. How do I manually install it?
Defender should be installed already, it's part of Windows. One reason it could be missing is if you have installed a 3rd-party AV. Doing so will disable Defender. You can't run two AVs at the same time.
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

infinity

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hmm I have not installed a new AV yet though.
 

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Do you have Windows Security showing in the all apps list?
 

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infinity

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no there isn't.
 

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Unless you have some modified version of Windows, or been using some dodgy scripts to remoove/disable it it is virtually impossible not to have Defender as it is a core application.

Reinstalling Windows from scratch is your only realistic solution.
 

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infinity

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I see. in that case I'll just go with a 3ʳᵈ party AV. Is Avast the absolute best compared to all others in detection rate?
 

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Is Avast the absolute best compared to all others in detection rate?
No, there is no single clear ''best'. Almost all, including Defender, get ranked equally with a top score of straight 6's here:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Is Avast the absolute best compared to all others in detection rate?
Avast, AVG, Kaspersky, Defender, are a few AVs that can detect fileless malware, some better than others.
 

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    HP Wireless Silent 280M Mouse (05/21)
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I would be more concerned why PC does not have Defender. Who knows what type of malware e.g. keyloggers have been installed already. Personally, I would not take the risk and teinstall from scratch and then change all online pssswords e.g. to bank, ebay etc.

Paranoia ? Maybe but can you afford to take the risk?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
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    Yep, got one
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    Yep, got one
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    Stella Artois
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    Built in
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    Bluetooth , wired
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    TPM 2.0

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I would be more concerned why PC does not have Defender. Who knows what type of malware e.g. keyloggers have been installed already. Personally, I would not take the risk and teinstall from scratch and then change all online pssswords e.g. to bank, ebay etc.

Paranoia ? Maybe but can you afford to take the risk?

Worth repeating. I agree. (y)


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