You know when your body’s defenses are low and you are sensitive to illnesses like the flu? The same happens to your computer when it does not have a fully efficient protection bar. Antivirus scans are both useful and indispensable to protect your information from malware and computer viruses.
Given the diversity of viruses and programmed software capable of damaging your computer files, Microsoft incorporated a powerful antivirus in the Windows 10 operating system, called Microsoft Defender.
What is it about?
Microsoft Defender is an antivirus capable of analyzing, detecting, and attacking viruses, in the foreground and background, in the same way, that it can perform the analysis, without the need to be connected to the Internet.
Previously, it was necessary to download an antivirus, however, Microsoft Defender makes it easier to protect the files on your computer because it is a default program of the Windows 10 system.
If you have this operating system, you are in luck.
What are the steps to follow?
If you installed Windows 10 on your computer, and you think your information is at risk, there are certain steps you must follow to run the integrated antivirus, Windows Defender. In the same way that you open your favorite application, in simple steps, you will be able to protect your computer. Keep reading and update your knowledge!
- To locate the antivirus service in the Windows 10 system, the first thing you should do is open the Start menu and look for the “Windows Security” option. This option will direct you to the application to start scanning.
- Next, in the sidebar of the menu, the option “virus and threat protection” will appear. This is where you can start scanning your computer.
- Once selected, there are several options that you can consider when performing the scan according to the time and number of times you have performed the antivirus scan on your computer.
- The scanning options are very simple, there are four types of scans, from quick scan to deep scan.
Pay attention and choose the one that best suits your needs.
- Quick scan: this type of scan runs quickly in Windows 10 and only requires a few minutes to complete the task. This option scans those folders that are commonly a cradle for computer viruses, such as the Downloads folder and the Windows folder.
- Full scan: these scans take about an hour and scan every program currently running, as well as every folder and file on the computer.
- Custom scan: before choosing this scanning option, you must first have the exact address of the folder or file to be scanned. This scan is performed when the faults caused by viruses affect only one file.
- Scanning without connection: one of the advantages of Windows Defender in Windows 10, is that it is not necessary to be connected to the Internet to scan and analyze the computer. Offline scanning analyzes all files and programs in the “background”, i.e. it restarts the computer so that the virus does not interfere with the antivirus analysis.
Which type of scan is more feasible?
This will be determined by how many times you have scanned your computer before. That is, if you have already used Windows Defender, a quick scan will be enough to detect any anomaly in the system. However, if it is the first time you use it, the best thing to do is to perform a complete analysis.
When to scan your computer with Windows Defender?
As when you go to the doctor, it is necessary to make a routine check of your computer to counteract the effects of some virus that has infected the device or to detect the slightest error. There are some elements that can trigger an alarm and indicate the presence of an anomaly.
For example, when system startup stops, programs do not run normally, files show an error. These are clear signs that the computer contains a virus that needs to be attacked, so nothing better than a full scan with Windows Defender.
Once you have identified what your computer needs or you want to play it safe, and you have clicked on “scan complete”, you will see the progress on your screen. This way you will know that the program is running correctly. When the process is finished, a message will appear on your screen.
There are two sides to this:
- On the one hand, if there is no virus, the message on the screen will be encouraging. “NO THREATS” is the best you will be able to read after a full scan. This means that your computer is not in danger and you will only have to use the scan from time to time to make sure it stays completely clean.
- If the message on the screen is “THREATS FOUND”, there is nothing to worry about. Windows Defender will show in detail, all the files or programs that are infected with malware so that you can eliminate them of sure and permanent form.
For this, there is the option “START ACTIONS”. Once clicked, the virus will be gradually removed until your computer is free of threats, without affecting the files or programs as such.
That’s all there is to it!
That’s the way to run Windows Defender antivirus. The steps are so simple that there are no excuses for not having your computer free of malware. Best of all, you’ll get the results in no time and you’ll have the tools you need to remove viruses efficiently.
Yes, of course. With Windows Defender, being part of the Windows 10 operating system, it does not consume additional energy and decreases the number of resources used, making the program faster and more effective when performing scans.
In addition to this, thanks to the different scanning methods, it is easier to penetrate the system, files, and programs, to detect a virus and reflect it in the results. It even removes them from the root, providing a shield for future attacks on the system.
Cyber-attacks are very common. They can infect your computer through web pages, downloads, unverified programs, or files shared with your computer. Windows Defender is a highly effective antivirus and you can perform constant scans to verify that your information is not at risk.