Microsoft Defender

What is Microsoft Defender?

Microsoft Defender is a reliable antivirus solution, that constantly and rapidly scans computers for malicious programs such as viruses, trojans, backdoor programs, worms, dialers etc. It constantly monitors the computer's operating system, and reacts when a malicious program is detected.

Please do not attempt to install on a university owned computer.
All Microsoft Windows 10 computers and Mac OSX computers owned by the university are delivered to their users with Microsoft Defender already installed.

How to update the program

Microsoft Defender is a self-updating program. However, should you decide to perform a manual update, follow these steps:

Window Computers:

  1. Open Windows Defender by right clicking the   icon in your task bar.
  2. Click the Check for protection updates.
  3. Select Check for updates.

What to do if you think your computer is infected

Run a quick-system scan of your computer:

  1. Right click the  icon in your task bar.
  2. Click Run quick scan
  3. If the scan located threats, you will have an option to select the recommended action. Thereafter, the machine should be free of any potential threats.

To run a full-system scan of your computer

  1. Right click the  icon in your taskbar.
  2. Open the View security dashboard.
  3. On the left tab click Virus & threat protection.

4. Click Run a new advanced scan then select Full scan and Scan now.

Mac Computers:

  1. Open Microsoft Defender by clicking the   icon on the top toolbar.
  2. Click the Open Microsoft Defender ATP.
  3. Select Check for updates.

What to do if you think your computer is infected

Run a quick-system scan of your computer:

  1. Click the  icon on the top toolbar.
  2. Click Run Quick Scan
  3. If the scan located threats, you will have an option to select the recommended action. Thereafter, the machine should be free of any potential threats.

To run a full-system scan of your computer

  1. Click the  icon on the top toolbar.
  2. Click the Open Microsoft Defender ATP.
  3. Select Scan Options then Scan Now making sure the radial option Full Scan is selected.

Details

Article ID: 76022
Created
Fri 4/12/19 2:57 PM
Modified
Wed 7/1/20 2:57 PM
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External