How do I enable Windows Defender?

Windows Defender is Microsoft’s built-in anti-malware tool for Windows operating systems that helps keep your computer secure from online threats. It is automatically enabled by default, but you may want to make sure it is enabled and running the latest updates before using it. Here’s how to enable Windows Defender on your Windows PC:

1. Open the Control Panel.

In Windows 7 and earlier versions, open the Start menu and select “Control Panel.”

In Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, click or tap the Windows logo in the lower left corner of your screen, then type “Control Panel” in the search field at the bottom of the Start menu.

2. Select “Administrative Tools.”

From the Control Panel, look for the “System and Security” section. In the Administrative Tools window, double-click “Security Center.”

3. Choose “Windows Defender.”

In the Windows Security Center window, select “Windows Defender.”

4. Turn Windows Defender on.

If Windows Defender is not already turned on, you’ll see a link to turn it on. Click “Turn On.”

5. Configure Windows Defender.

Now that Windows Defender is enabled, you can configure it to meet your needs. There are various Windows Defender settings you can change, such as enabling real-time protection, setting up automatic scans, and choosing what to scan.

6. Update Windows Defender.

Make sure Windows Defender is up to date so it can effectively protect your PC from the latest threats. To update Windows Defender, click the “Update” button.

7. Check for suspicious activity.

Windows Defender will run regular scans and alert you if it finds any suspicious activity. If you see an alert, click it to get more information and find out how to protect your PC.

Following these steps should help you to successfully enable and configure Windows Defender on your Windows PC. Make sure to keep Windows Defender updated, and always be aware of any suspicious activity on your computer.