How do I know if Windows Defender is up to date?

Windows Defender helps keep your device safe from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. To ensure your device is secure, it is important to keep Windows Defender up to date.

The best way to check if Windows Defender is up to date is to open Windows Defender Security Center. This can be found in the start menu or by typing “Windows Defender Security Center” in the search bar in the taskbar.

Once you have opened Windows Defender Security Center, click on the “Virus & threat protection” section. Here, you will see a list of all the viruses and threats that Windows Defender has detected on your device. If any of these are detected, they will be listed here.

If Windows Defender is up to date, you should see the green check mark next to each virus or threat. If there is an orange exclamation mark, this indicates that the threat has not been updated and needs to be.

You can also click on the “Check for updates” button at the top of the screen. This will launch the “Check for Updates” window and notify you if any updates are available. Once any new updates have been installed, the green check mark should reappear next to the threat that was previously orange.

In the “Device performance & health” section of Windows Defender Security Center, you can also find out if Windows Defender is up to date. If you scroll down to the “Security intelligence update status” section, you will be able to see when Windows Defender last updated, and if it is currently running a full scan. If Windows Defender has not had an update in the last 24 hours, it is recommended that you update it to ensure your device is properly protected.

Lastly, you can also check if Windows Defender is up to date by launching the Windows Update tab in the Settings app. Here, you will see all the available updates for your device and if any of them are related to Windows Defender, they will be clearly labeled.

By using these methods, you can easily check if Windows Defender is up to date and ensure your device is properly protected.