Windows 7: Turning on Windows Defender

This section provides a tutorial example on how to turn on Windows Defender for real-time protection and automatic scanning on Windows 7 systems.

To try Windows Defender, you should turn it on from the Action Center.

1. Run "windows defender" command from the search input field after clicking the Start button. You will see "windows defender" screen showing up.

2. Click "Tools" menu, then "Options" link. You will see setting for "Automatic scanning".

3. Turn on automatic virus scan as show below:

[ ] Automatically scan my computer (recommended)
   Frequency: Monday
   Approximate time: 5:00 PM
   Type: Full scan
[x] Check for updated definitions before scanning
[x] Run a scan only when system is idle

4. Click "Real-time protection" link to turn it on:

[x] Use real-time protection (recommended)
   Choose which security agents you want to run
      [x] Scan downloaded files and attachments
      [x] Scan programs that run on my computer

6. Click "Advanced" link to turn on more security agents:

[x] Scan archive files
[x] Scan e-mail
[x] Scan removable drive
[x] Use heuristics
[x] Create restore points

5. Click "Save" button to save changes.

The picture below shows you Windows Defender Real-time Protection setting on Windows 7 system:
Windows 7: Turning on Windows Defender

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Windows 7: What is Forefront Client Security?

 Windows 7: Forefront Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: Forefront Configuration Settings

 Windows 7: Forefront Full Scan

 Windows 7: Forefront Log Files

 Windows 7: Forefront Software Explorer

 Windows 7: Forefront Exploring Network Programs

 Windows 7: Forefront Exploring Winsock Services

 Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials

 Windows 7: What Is Windows Defender

Windows 7: Turning on Windows Defender

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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