How to Check for Viruses Using Built-In Tools in Windows 10

Posted on February 9, 2018 - by Shannon McFarland - in Updating Your Security Policies

A Windows 10 virus can infect enough computers to make news headlines, taking down operations for big businesses or even government agencies.

Windows 10 is now the most popular operating system in the world, which also makes it a big target for cyberattacks. Microsoft has also put out a number of security tools and updates, as more vulnerabilities in the system have been identified.

Check out how you can enable Windows Defender to check for viruses. (If you also use an Apple computer, you can see how to enable the built-in virus protection tools here!)

Let’s start with Windows 10 built-in scanning system:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Next, click Settings or press the Windows + i keys.
  3. Click Click Update & Security.
  4. Click Windows Defender.
  5. Make sure Real-time protection is enabled.

Windows Defender should automatically turn on and prompt you to update. Do so right away! The definitions tend to be out of date by many months (depending on when you install Windows 10).

Windows Defender offers real-time protection and will perform regular automatic scans to check for viruses. You want to make sure that your operating system has all the most recent security patches, so you aren’t vulnerable to known threats and attacks.

Viruses can bring down the strongest of systems. But, like the human body, computers have built-in tools to fight viruses. Don’t forget to turn on the security tools you have available to protect against the next Windows 10 virus attack.

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About the author

Shannon McFarland is the Director of Product Marketing at Securicy, where she leads marketing strategy and campaigns. Previously she was a journalist, Techstars hackstar, and a marketing consultant. She’s a passionate outdoorist, gardener, an advocate for mental health, a total bookworm, and dog mom. She works remotely from her home in the Boston area.