Some viruses and malware are tricky to remove, requiring an outside or “offline” scan to completely detect and eliminate the threat. Lots of third party antivirus suites offer special boot disks with which to perform offline scans, but the free Windows Defender utility also supports a built-in offline scan. Here’s how it works.
If you try to run an unknown app in Windows 10, a built-in security measure called Windows Defender SmartScreen will kick in and stop you. Here’s how to temporarily and permanently work around this issue and run the apps you want, at your own risk of course.
By default, Windows Defender hums along in the background, scanning your PC in real-time to protect you from viruses and malware. But if you have a mounted network drive, Defender will try to scan that, too, potentially clogging up your local network and hogging your NAS device’s resources. Here’s how to tell Windows Defender to ignore your NAS and instead focus on monitoring your PC’s local drives only.
The latest builds of Windows 10 introduce the ability to quickly scan an individual file or folder with Windows Defender. Here’s how it works.