To check the status of Windows Defender in Windows 2000, you can use the tool called winver.exe. This tool is located in the windows\system32 folder and can be used to check the version of Windows you are running and the status of Windows Defender.
In Windows 2000, Windows Defender was not introduced until service pack 2. To check its status, open the winver.exe application. You should see the status of Windows Defender listed in the top right corner as either “Enabled” or “Disabled.”
If Windows Defender is enabled, it means that your computer has the most recent definition files installed, and the security software is keeping your computer protected. If Windows Defender is disabled, you should take steps to enable it as soon as possible.
To enable Windows Defender in Windows 2000, open the Control Panel, double-click on “Add or Remove Programs,” and then choose “Add/Remove Windows Components.” In the “Components” window, select the “Windows Defender” checkbox, and click “Next”. The Windows Defender installation wizard should appear and you can follow the steps to install the software.
If you’re unable to find the Windows Defender feature listed in the Add/Remove Windows Components area, it is likely that your system is already up to date with the most recent definition files. You can manually download the definitions from the Windows Update site and install them by double-clicking on the downloaded file.
After the install process is complete, you should now be able to view the status of Windows Defender in the winver.exe application. It should be enabled, meaning your computer is now fully protected against potential threats.