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    Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10

    How to Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10
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    29 Jun 2018
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    How to Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10


    The Windows Defender Security Center app is a client interface on Windows 10 version 1703 and later that makes it is easier for you to view and control the security protections you choose and better understand the security features already protecting you on your Windows 10 device.

    This includes Windows Defender Antivirus. When you start up Windows 10 for the first time, Windows Defender Antivirus is on and actively helping to protect your device by scanning for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. Windows Defender Antivirus uses real-time protection to scan your downloads and the programs you run on your device. Also, Windows Update downloads updates for Windows Defender Antivirus automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

    In Windows 10 version 1709, Microsoft increased the scope of the app to also show information from third-party antivirus and firewall apps.

    If you have another antivirus app installed, Windows Defender Antivirus may get turned off automatically.

    Windows Defender Security Center shows you how Windows Defender Antivirus has been protecting you. It shows you when:
    • Your device was last scanned for threats.
    • Your definitions were last updated. Definitions are files that Windows Defender Antivirus uses to protect your device against the latest threats.
    • The Device performance and health scan was run to ensure your device is operating efficiently.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17093 version 1803, the Account protection and Device security protection areas have been added to the Windows Defender Security Center.

    Windows Defender Security Center has seven areas that protect your device and let you specify how you want your device protected:
    • Virus & threat protection - Monitor threats to your device, run scans, and get updates to help detect the latest threats. In Windows 10 version 1709, the section also provides configuration options for Controlled folder access.
    • Account protection - Makes it easier for users to protect their identity when signing in to Windows with the new Account Protection pillar in Windows Defender Security Center. Account Protection will encourage password users to set up Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint or PIN for faster sign in, and will notify Dynamic lock users if Dynamic lock has stopped working because their phone or device Bluetooth is off.
    • Firewall & network protection - Manage the settings for Windows Defender Firewall, and monitor what’s happening with your networks and Internet connections.
    • App & browser control - Lets you use Windows Defender SmartScreen to help protect your device against potentially dangerous apps, files, sites, and downloads. Also provides exploit protection where you can customize protection settings for your devices. In Windows 10 version 1709, the section also provides configuration options for Exploit protection.
    • Device security - Gives you greater insight into the security features integrated in your Windows device. The Device Security page provides you with status reporting and management of security features built into your devices – including toggling features on to provide enhanced protections.
    • Device performance & health - See status about your device’s performance health and keep your device clean and up to date with the latest version of Windows 10.
    • Family options - Provides easy access to managing your childrens’ online experiences and the devices in your household.

    You’ll see that each of the seven protection areas display with a status icon:
    • Green means your device is sufficiently protected and there aren’t any recommended actions.
    • Yellow means there is a safety recommendation for you.
    • Red is a warning you that something needs your immediate attention.

    For more information about Windows Defender Security Center, see:

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17661, Windows Defender Security Center is now called Windows Security.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to open the Windows Defender Security Center app in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Open "Windows Defender Security Center" from notification area icon
    • Option Two: Open "Windows Defender Security Center" from Start menu
    • Option Three: Open "Windows Defender Security Center" from Settings
    • Option Four: See and Change "Windows Defender Security Center" Settings


    EXAMPLE: Windows Defender Security Center
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    Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10
    Open "Windows Defender Security Center" from notification area icon

    1. Click/tap on the Windows Defender Security Center notification area icon on your taskbar. (see screenshot below)

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    2. You can now see and change "Windows Defender Security Center" settings.






    Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10
    Open "Windows Defender Security Center" from Start menu

    1. Open the Start menu.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Defender Security Center in the All Apps list. (see screenshot below)

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    3. You can now see and change "Windows Defender Security Center" settings.






    Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10
    Open "Windows Defender Security Center" from Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & Security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Security on the left side, and click/tap on either the Open Windows Defender Security Center button OR on of the Protection areas you want to directly open. (see screenshot below)

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17093, the settings page was renamed from “Windows Defender” to “Windows Security" on the left side, and added the links for Protection areas.

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    3. You can now see and change "Windows Defender Security Center" settings.






    Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Open Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10
    See and Change "Windows Defender Security Center" Settings

    1. You can now view and change the settings you like from the homepage. (see screenshots below)

     Virus & threat protection

    Virus & threat protection provides a new view of your antivirus protection whether it’s Windows Defender Antivirus that comes free with Windows 10 or AV software from one of our ecosystem partners. If you’ve chosen Windows Defender Antivirus, your scan results and threat history will be displayed here, or you will be able to launch your 3rd party AV protection app directly from this screen.

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     Account protection

    Account protection makes it easier for users to protect their identity when signing in to Windows with the new Account Protection pillar in Windows Defender Security Center. Account Protection will encourage password users to set up Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint or PIN for faster sign in, and will notify Dynamic lock users if Dynamic lock has stopped working because their phone or device Bluetooth is off.

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     Firewall & network protection

    Firewall & network protection provides information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings, as well as links to network troubleshooting information.

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     App & browser control

    App & browser control allows you to adjust settings for SmartScreen for apps and browsers helping you be more informed and stay safer online by warning you of potential malicious sites, downloads and unrecognized apps and files from the Internet.

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     Device security

    Device security give you greater insight into the security features integrated in your Windows device. The Device Security page provides you with status reporting and management of security features built into your devices – including toggling features on to provide enhanced protections.

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     Device performance & health

    Device performance & health provides a single view of your latest Windows updates, drivers, battery life and storage capacity. Additionally, you have the option to start fresh with a clean install of Windows using the Refresh Windows feature. This option will keep your personal files and some Windows settings, and remove most of your apps for a fresh start that can help with performance improvements should your device need them.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17704, Microsoft added a new assessment for the Windows time service. If Windows detects that your device’s time is not properly synced with Microsoft's time servers and the time-syncing service is disabled, Microsoft will provide the option for you to turn it back on.

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     Family options

    Family options gives you an easy way to connect to the family options available online. This page can link you to information about parental controls, options for setting up good screen time habits, setting up activity reports of your kids’ online activity and managing controls for purchasing apps and games. You can also view the health and safety of your family’s devices from this centralized location.


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    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Posts : 21,236
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       08 Jan 2017 #1

    Nice over view Shawn!
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  2. Posts : 31,362
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
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       08 Jan 2017 #2

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  3. Posts : 31,362
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
    Thread Starter
       15 Jan 2017 #3

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15007, the Windows Defender dashboard app has been renamed to Windows Defender Security Center.
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  4. Posts : 632
    Win 10 Pro x64 1607 (Build 14393.953)
       23 Jan 2017 #4

    Thanks for the overview!

    What's the consensus here on TF about WDSC replacing applications like those from ESET (which I use) and other AV/FW softwarefarms?

    Build 15014
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  5. Posts : 31,362
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       23 Jan 2017 #5

    WDSC is basically just a way to have all of your security settings for the already included items of W10 in one place for more convenience.

    Windows Defender can often be used along with other 3rd party AV programs. Some will disable WD though.

    It's more of a personal choice of what AV program you prefer, but so far I've not had any issues with using WD alone.
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  6. Posts : 632
    Win 10 Pro x64 1607 (Build 14393.953)
       23 Jan 2017 #6

    Thanks for your feedback Brink!

    I'll just let WDSC play along with ESET in all upcoming IP builds. When released I'll do a clean install - VM - with only WDSC active, just to get a better view on the 'differences'.

    Greetz
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  7.    23 Jan 2017 #7

    Would WD be enough of a security barrier if you view a lot of websites in the course of your daily work? I deal with hospitals and its quite common for them to either close down or change their domain name (after being bought up for instance). At the moment I use Avast along with MBM and I see no reason to change.
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  8.    26 Mar 2017 #8

    I think the original security panel with tabs was easier to use. I have spent several hours trying to do what I want with the new security center, and still no luck! Windows defender found a Trojan on my PC and quarantined it. With the old security panel, I would just click the history tab, go to quarantined items, and select them for removal. On the new security center all I see under history is the name and location of the file, and the statement that quarantined files are periodically removed. I see no option to remove it on my own immediately, or to disagree and restore the file.
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  9. Posts : 31,362
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
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       26 Mar 2017 #9

    Hello @1Steve, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    If you like, you can still open the original Windows Defender by running the .exe file below. It will take a little bit (around 1 minute) for it to actually open after running the file though.

    Create Windows Defender Antivirus Shortcut in Windows 10

    C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Mar 2017 at 14:59. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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