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How to Activate & Use Windows 10 Built-in Antivirus

Having a built-in antivirus program that is active and works well on Windows 10 is an important thing to do. Viruses are one of the causes of so many

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Having a built-in antivirus program that is active and works well on Windows 10 is an important thing to do. Viruses are one of the causes of so many problems that make computers problematic. Starting from damaged or missing files, the computer becomes slow, causing a blue screen in Windows.

There are many antivirus options that can be used, ranging from free to expensive ones. In previous posts we have discussed some of the best antivirus recommendations for Windows 10 that you can use.

Especially for Windows 10 users, there is a built-in antivirus feature that is powerful enough to ward off viruses and programs that contain malware. This program used to be known as Windows Defender, but in Windows 10 the name was changed to Windows Security. Both have the same function, namely to protect computers from viruses and other malicious programs.

How to activate the default antivirus Windows 10

1. Update Windows 10

The first step to take is updating, especially if your Windows 10 was just installed. When updating, the antivirus will also be updated.

To update, go to Settings => select Update & Security => Windows Update => click the Check for updates button.

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Wait until the download and install update process is complete. After that restart your laptop.

2. Open Windows Security

Then enter the Windows Security menu.

You do this by clicking on the Windows button => select Settings => select Update & Security => click on the Windows Security tab.

3. Select Virus & threat protection

You will see all the features that exist in Windows Security with their respective functions. Features that function for security are Virus & threat protection, Account protection, Firewall & network protection, App & browser control, Device Security.

To activate the antivirus feature, click on the Virus & threat protection menu.

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4. Select Manage Settings

In the Virus & threat protection section, click Manage settings.

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5. Enable all antivirus features

Next, you will see the antivirus features that exist in Windows Security, namely:
  • Real-time protection.
  • Cloud-delivered protection.
  • Automatic sample submission.
  • Tamper Protection.
Activate all these features by clicking the button once, until they become On.

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How to use the default antivirus Windows 10

After all the built-in antivirus features of Windows 10 are activated with the steps described above, Windows Security will continue to work automatically to ward off viruses and speed up Windows 10.

The Real-time protection feature will perform an automatic scan every time you insert an external device such as a flashdisk, memory card, or external hardisk. The files in it will be automatically scanned, and if a virus is detected, Windows will display a notification.

Even so, we can still use antivirus manually, especially for scanning folders and storage media connected to a computer.

Here's how to use the default antivirus Windows 10:
  1. Click the Windows button.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Update & Security.
  4. Click on the Windows Security tab.
  5. Select the Virus & threat protection menu.
  6. Click on Scan options.
  7. Select Custom scans.
  8. Select the folder or directory you want to scan.
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How to update the default antivirus Windows 10

In order to ward off the latest viruses, Windows Security must always be updated. When updating Windows 10, the antivirus will also automatically get the update file.

But users can also choose to update only the default antivirus. As we know, Windows 10 updates are sometimes quite large and the process can take a long time. If you have a limited internet connections, you can update only the antivirus.

Here's how to update the default antivirus Windows 10:
  1. Connect the laptop to the internet.
  2. Click on the Windows button.
  3. Enter the Settings menu.
  4. Select Update & Security.
  5. Select Windows Security.
  6. Select the Virus & threat protection menu.
  7. In the virus & threat protection updates section, click Check for updates.
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After doing all the steps above, the default antivirus Windows 10 will work optimally to protect your computer from viruses and malware. You don't even need to install another antivirus because the Windows Security feature is quite powerful.
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