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  1. Privacy and Security Hide or Show App and Browser Control page in Windows Security

    Windows Security provides built-in security options to help protect your device from malicious software attacks. App & browser control in Windows Security provides the settings for Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which helps protect your device from potentially dangerous apps, files, websites...
  2. Privacy and Security Hide or Show Virus and Threat Protection page in Windows Security

    Windows Security is built-in to Windows 10/11 and includes an antivirus program called Microsoft Defender Antivirus. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 10/11. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats...
  3. Privacy and Security Enable or Disable Windows Security Firewall and Network Protection Notifications

    The Notifications page of Windows Security settings lets you configure what kind of notifications you want to receive. The Firewall and network protection notification settings allow you to specify if you want to receive notifications when Microsoft Defender Firewall blocks a new app. You can...
  4. Privacy and Security Enable or Disable Windows Security Virus and Threat Protection Notifications

    The Notifications page of Windows Security settings lets you configure what kind of notifications you want to receive. The Virus & threat protection notifications below are purely informational and none of them require immediate action from you. You'll always receive notifications when there's...
  5. Privacy and Security Add or Remove Exclusions for Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11

    Windows Security is built-in to Windows 11 and includes an antivirus program called Microsoft Defender Antivirus. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 11. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. In...
  6. Privacy and Security Add or Remove Windows Security Notification Icon in Windows 11

    Windows Security is built-in to Windows 11 and includes an antivirus program called Microsoft Defender Antivirus. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 11. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. In...
  7. Privacy and Security Clear Windows Security Protection History in Windows 11

    The Protection History page in the Windows Security app is where you can go to view recommendations and actions that Microsoft Defender Antivirus has taken on your behalf, Potentially Unwanted Apps that have been removed, or key services (ex: SmartScreen) that are turned off. Protection History...
  8. Privacy and Security Change Time to Clear Windows Security Protection History in Windows 11

    The Protection History page in the Windows Security app is where you can go to view recommendations and actions that Microsoft Defender Antivirus has taken on your behalf, Potentially Unwanted Apps that have been removed, or key services (ex: SmartScreen) that are turned off. Protection History...
  9. Privacy and Security View Windows Security Protection History in Windows 11

    The Protection History page in the Windows Security app is where you can go to view recommendations and actions that Microsoft Defender Antivirus has taken on your behalf, Potentially Unwanted Apps that have been removed, or key services (ex: SmartScreen) that are turned off. Protection History...
  10. Privacy and Security Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender PUA Protection in Windows 11

    Potentially unwanted apps (PUA) aren't malware, but they might display advertising, use your PC for cryptomining, or do other things you'd prefer they not do. Potentially unwanted applications (PUA) are a category of software that can cause your machine to run slowly, display unexpected ads, or...
  11. Browsers and Mail Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender SmartScreen protects against phishing or malware websites and applications, and the downloading of potentially malicious files. Microsoft Defender SmartScreen helps protect your device from malicious sites and downloads while you browse the web in Microsoft Edge. You can...
  12. Privacy and Security Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Microsoft Store Apps in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender SmartScreen protects against phishing or malware websites and applications, and the downloading of potentially malicious files. By default, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen protects your device by checking web content that Microsoft Store apps use. You can turn on or off...
  13. Privacy and Security Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Check Apps and Files from Web in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender SmartScreen protects against phishing or malware websites and applications, and the downloading of potentially malicious files. By default, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen helps protect your device by checking for unrecognized apps and files from the web. On = Warns users...
  14. Privacy and Security Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Phishing Protection in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender SmartScreen protects against phishing or malware websites and applications, and the downloading of potentially malicious files. Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Microsoft is introducing two powerful new features that strike against the most common cyberattack techniques...
  15. Privacy and Security Manually Scan with Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender Antivirus is an antivirus software that is included in Windows 11 and can help protect your device from viruses, malware, and other threats. Real-time protection consists of always-on scanning with file and process behavior monitoring and heuristics. When real-time protection...
  16. Privacy and Security Run Microsoft Defender Offline Scan in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender Offline is an antimalware scanning tool that lets you boot and run a scan from a trusted environment. The scan runs from outside the normal Windows kernel so it can target malware that attempts to bypass the Windows shell, such as viruses and rootkits that infect or overwrite...
  17. Privacy and Security Turn On or Off Microsoft Defender Firewall in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender Firewall helps prevent hackers and malicious software from gaining access to your PC through the internet or a Domain, Private, or Public network. An organization might require you to turn it on before you can access their network resources from your device. Domain profile...
  18. Privacy and Security Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender Firewall in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender Firewall helps prevent hackers and malicious software from gaining access to your PC through the internet or a Domain, Private, or Public network. An organization might require you to turn it on before you can access their network resources from your device. Domain profile...
  19. Privacy and Security Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender Antivirus is an antivirus software that is included in Windows 11 and can help protect your device from viruses, malware, and other threats. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11. You must be signed in as an...
  20. Privacy and Security Add or Remove Allowed Apps for Controlled Folder Access in Windows 11

    Microsoft Defender Antivirus is an antivirus software that is included in Windows 11 and can help protect your device from viruses, malware, and other threats. Controlled folder access helps protect your valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. In a ransomware attack...
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