Windows Defender has come a long way since its inception. It was hardly used when it was introduced, but now most of us don't even add a third-party antivirus.
In addition to offering basic protection against malware, Windows Defender has lots of other settings that can be configured to suit your needs. Here's how to reconfigure Windows Defenders to make your device more secure.
How to Set Windows Defender to Scan Daily
While Windows Defender automatically scans your computer periodically, you can alter the time and frequency of these scans. This is especially useful if the automatic scans take place when you're doing heavy work on your computer.
You can schedule these scans at a time when you're not using your computer for anything important. To schedule scans in Windows Defender, follow these steps:MAKEUSEOF VIDEO OF THE DAY
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 may include anything from encrypting these files or deleting them altogether.
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In order to prevent this, Windows Defender has an in-built setting that can be enabled. Users can do this via the Security Dashboard:
After turning on Controlled folder access, you can see whether any applications have tried to make changes to a folder. This can be done by clicking the Block history option.
Furthermore, if you want to allow a trusted application to make changes to your folders, you can add it as an exception via the Allow an app through Controlled folder access option.
How to Enable Tamper Protection on Windows Defender
One of the biggest flaws with Windows Defender used to be that certain malware with administrator privileges could easily turn it off entirely. Once turned off, users could no longer use it to scan for viruses and the only option left was to download a third-party antivirus solution and then do a complete system scan to find and delete the malware.
Thankfully, that's a thing of the past: Windows Defender now comes with Tamper Protection that prevents this from happening. While it is usually switched on, it's worth confirming in the Security Dashboard and switching it on.
How to Configure Windows Defender Firewall's Advanced Settings
Windows Firewall is an essential layer of security between you and the internet. As such, it is always best to leave it enabled. If a program is malfunctioning due to interference from the firewall, you can always allow that app through Windows Firewall.
In addition to this, you can also access advanced Windows Firewall options to see or change the rules that govern the firewall. Please be wary not to tamper with any rules, unless you're absolutely sure of it.
Enable SmartScreen to Protect Your Computer Against Harmful Apps
The Windows Defender SmartScreen is a good way to automatically check for potentially harmful files on the web. It will alert you if you download apps from untrustworthy sources.
Reputation-based protection is integrated into Microsoft Edge, and it automatically blocks harmful websites as well. In addition, anything downloaded via Edge will be scanned before being allowed to run.
To enable Windows Defender SmartScreen, do the following:
How to Recover Lost Data After a Ransomware Attack
Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly common and there is a very slim chance of data recovery after one.
The best way to secure your files is to store them on your favorite cloud service. Windows Defender offers a Microsoft OneDrive integration that allows you to recover lost files in case you fall prey to a ransomware attack.
Related: What Is Ransomware and How Can You Remove It?
Basically, you need to set up OneDrive in Windows and copy all important files to the OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer.
This can either be done manually or using Windows Defender's ransomware protection settings:
If you are already using another cloud service to store important files then enabling this option is not necessary as your files will be safe anyway.
Use Windows Defender to Its Full Potential
After enabling these settings, you can rest assured that your computer will be as safe as it can be from any type of common malware.
Another advantage to using these settings is that you won't have to rely on a third-party antivirus solution for different security needs. It will also save your computer's resources as antivirus software is known to be resource-intensive.The 5 Best Free Internet Security Software for Windows Read NextShareTweetShareEmail Related TopicsAbout The AuthorManuviraj Godara(142 Articles Published)
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 free time burning through his favourite music albums and reading.MoreFrom Manuviraj Godara
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