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In the Home page, you can view the security status of the different protection features available by default on Windows 10. You can also see alerts of any action that needs to be taken to keep your computer secure. Windows Security is the application that provides a unified experience to view status and manages security features, such as antivirus, firewall, performance, and other security features. Also, you can manage the Microsoft Defender Firewall to block intruders from sneaking in.
Under the "Virus & threat protection settings" section, click the Manage settings option. Once you complete the steps, under the Current threats section, you’ll see any detected threats, as well as the time it took to complete the scan and the number of scanned files.
To prevent abuse, a website is required to be delivered over a secure connection (HTTPS), and to register the security key before it can be used for identification. A FIDO U2F Security Key provides a non-phishable credential which can be used to authenticate a user. This mitigates the risk of various kinds of man-in-the-middle attacks in which websites try to steal your password and use it later.
The shield icon in the notification area can also alert you when an action needs to be taken. If there is more than one alert, only the most severe warning will appear. Also, if you right-click the app icon, you’ll have access to actions, such as quick scan, download updates, adjust notifications, and access the dashboard.
If one of the account security items require your attention, you’ll see an alert to take action to remedy the problem. The account protection feature available with Windows Security is designed to monitor and notify you of any problems with your account and signings to best protect your identity on Windows 10. If you have a folder with files you don’t want to scan for viruses, then the anti-malware feature includes adding or removing scanning locations.
The page also includes various options to adjust firewall settings to allow apps through the firewall and advanced settings. However, these settings are links to change configurations from the Control Panel.
Windows 10 automatically updates and scans the device for malware regularly, but you can perform different scans manually. Virus & threat protection – houses the Microsoft Defender Antivirus settings. It allows you to monitor the malware protection, scan the device for threats, launch an offline scan, and set up the advanced anti-ransomware feature.
(Optional) Click the Allow an app through Controlled folder access option to allow apps you trust to make changes on the protected folders. Click the Block history option to access the "Protection history" page to view blocked folder access. Under the "Controlled folder access" section, click the Managed Controlled folder access option. Microsoft Defender Antivirus includes a feature known as Controlled folder access, and it’s designed to monitor and protect your data against ransomware attacks and unwanted changes from malicious programs. If you have a good reason, you can disable Windows Defender Antivirus permanently using these advanced instructions.