Are you making full use of the Windows built-in security suite? Here's how to configure Windows Defender and why.

Windows Defender has come a long way since its inception. It was barely used when it was first introduced, but now most of us don't even add a third-party antivirus.

In addition to providing basic malware protection, Windows Defender has many other settings that can be configured to suit your needs. Here's how to reconfigure Windows Defenders to make your device more secure.

Here's how to set Windows Defender to scan every day

While Windows Defender automatically scans your computer on a regular basis, you can change the time and frequency of these scans. This is especially useful when the automatic scans are happening when you are doing heavy work on your computer.

You can schedule these scans when you are not using your computer for important purposes. To schedule scans in Windows Defender, do the following:

  1. Enter in the Start menu search bar Task planner and click on the app.

  2. Go to in the navigation area on the left Task Scheduler Library> Microsoft> Windows and then scroll down until you find Windows Defender.

  3. Click on the folder and double-click in the middle pane Scheduled Windows Defender scan.

  4. In the Windows Defender Scheduled Scan Properties window, click Triggers Tab.

  5. Click on New and the new trigger Window opens. In it, select the frequency of the task and set the time.

  6. Click on OK.

How to prevent unauthorized access to folders

There are certain malicious applications that can make changes to your files and folders without your knowledge. This can include anything from encrypting these files to completely erasing them.

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To prevent this from happening, Windows Defender has a built-in setting that can be enabled. Users can do this from the security dashboard:

  1. Click on that begin Button and select the settings.

  2. By doing the settings Dashboard, click Update & security.

  3. Click in the navigation bar on the left Windows security and then click on Open Windows Security.

  4. This will lead you to the Windows security Dashboard where you can see various settings for Windows Defender.

  5. Now click on Virus and threat protection.

  6. Scroll down until you find Ransomware protection and then select Manage ransomware protection.

  7. counter Controlled folder access to On.

After enabling Controlled Folder Access, you can see if any applications have tried to make changes to a folder. To do this, click on Block the course Possibility.

If you want to allow a trusted application to make changes to your folders, you can add them as an exception using the Allow app to access through controlled folder access option.

How to enable tamper protection in Windows Defender

One of the biggest mistakes Windows Defender used to make was that certain malware with administrative privileges could easily turn them off completely. After deactivating, users could no longer scan for viruses. The only remaining option was to download a third-party antivirus solution and then run a full system scan to find and delete the malware.

Fortunately, that is a thing of the past: Windows Defender now has tamper protection that prevents this. While it's usually on, it's worth confirming and turning it on in the security dashboard.

  1. Click on that begin Button and go to Settings> Update & Security.

  2. In the navigation pane on the left, select the option Windows security.

  3. Click on the dashboard Virus and threat protection.

  4. Under Virus and threat protection settings, click Manage settings.

  5. Scroll down until you reach Tamper protection and flip the switch On.

How to configure the Windows Defender Firewall advanced settings

Windows Firewall is an essential layer of security between you and the Internet. Hence, it is always best to keep it activated. If a program works incorrectly due to interference from the firewall, you can allow this app at any time via the Windows firewall.

You can also access advanced Windows Firewall options to view or change the rules for the firewall. Please be careful not to manipulate any rules unless you are absolutely sure of it.

  1. Click on that begin Button and go to Settings> Update & Security.

  2. Click on Windows security left in the navigation bar.

  3. Now choose Firewall and network protection Then scroll down and click Advanced settings.

  4. The Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security Window opens. You can navigate through various settings such as inbound rules, outbound rules, and connection security rules in the navigation pane on the left.

Turn on SmartScreen to protect your computer from malicious apps

Windows Defender SmartScreen is a great way to automatically scan for potentially harmful files on the web. You will be notified when you download apps from untrusted sources.

Reputation-based protection is built into Microsoft Edge and automatically blocks malicious websites as well. In addition, anything downloaded through Edge will be scanned before it can be run.

To enable Windows Defender SmartScreen, do the following:

  1. Click on begin and go to Settings> Update & Security.

  2. Click in the navigation bar on the left Windows security and then click on Open Windows Security to launch the security dashboard.

  3. Click on App and browser control.

  4. Under Reputation-based protection, click turn on.

  5. Windows Defender SmartScreen will now be activated.

  6. You can further customize the protection by clicking Reputation-based protection settings Possibility.

How to Recover Lost Data After a Ransomware Attack

Ransomware attacks are becoming more common and the chances of data recovery after one are very small.

The best way to back up your files is to save them to your favorite cloud service. Windows Defender offers Microsoft OneDrive integration that can help you recover lost files in the event that you fall victim to a ransomware attack.

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Basically you have to set up OneDrive in Windows and copy all important files to the OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer.

This can be done either manually or by using Windows Defender's ransomware protection settings:

  1. Click on that begin Button and select Settings> Update & Security.

  2. Left-click in the navigation bar Windows Security> Open Windows Security.

  3. Now click on Virus and threat protection and under Ransomware protection, choose Manage ransomware protection.

  4. Under Ransomware Data Recovery, click configuration to link your OneDrive account.

If you already use another cloud service to store important files, there is no need to enable this option as your files are safe anyway.

Make full use of Windows Defender

After enabling these settings, you can be sure that your computer is as safe as possible from any type of common malware.

Another benefit of these settings is that you don't have to rely on a third-party antivirus solution for different security needs. It also saves your computer's resources as antivirus software is known to be resource intensive.

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Manuviraj Godara
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Manuviraj is a Features Writer at MakeUseOf and has been writing about video games and technology for over two years. He is an avid gamer who also spends his spare time blowing up and reading his favorite musical albums.

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