Using Windows Defender in Windows 10 Windows Defender saw a handful of updates in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, including the ability to scan periodically when another anti-virus program is installed.

While many scoff at the idea that Windows Defender can protect them from harm online, safe browsing habits and careful scans make Defender a powerful tool in the right hands in Windows 10.

Let’s look at what changed for Windows Defender in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Changes to Windows Defender in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows Defender One of the biggest changes to Windows Defender in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update allows it to run side-by-side in some cases with third party anti-virus software.

Previously, when you installed a third party anti-virus program, Windows Defender would automatically disable itself. Now, you can periodically scan your computer with Windows Defender even with another anti-virus program on your PC. This gives you extra protection online.

Enhanced notifications is another new feature of Windows Defender, giving you more information in notifications about your system. This includes every scan it performs, ever threat no matter how small, and more.

If you don’t want to be bothered with all these notifications, you can turn them off in the Settings app.

Enhanced notifications for Windows Defender However, if you’re only using Windows Defender as protection, we recommend keeping enhanced notifications on to alert you of threats in the event you need to do further troubleshooting on your PC. This information can be invaluable for combating a threat that slips past Windows Defender.

Window Defender offline Another big change is the ability to use Windows Defender for scanning while booting up. By going into Settings, you can scroll to the bottom to enable a Defender scan at boot checking for items before they load if you suspect an issue.

If Windows Defender finds an issue, it’ll take care of it or ask for your assistance; if it finds no issue, when finished, it’ll boot your Windows 10 system normally on your behalf. Windows Defender uses the cloud to get up-to-date threat information. This process has been improved to provide more updates, which you’ll see roll through Windows Update during the week.

Windows Defender is updated more often, loaded with the latest threats to help protect your system from harm day or night. These improvements make it quicker than ever to get the latest virus definitions and more to protect your computer.


The steady improvements to Windows 10 make it a worthwhile alternative to third-party anti-virus if you have smart browsing habits. It’s up to each consumer to decide how much protection they need, and want, online.

While some scoff at Windows Defender’s ability to protect a Windows-based system, Microsoft’s investment in making it better especially at the Enterprise level deserves some merit.