Windows Defender

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has preparing to launch a revamped and user friendly Windows Defender app for your Windows 10 PC.

Microsoft calls it “Windows Defender Security System”, which holds on to the Windows 10 design language and replaces the old/classic defender app currently shipping with each and every copy of Windows 10 operating system.


Microsoft has not only worked on the design but made it easier than ever before to manage and clean threats on your device, so you don’t have to be a security expert when some ransomware/malware has hit your system.

In the Windows 10 Creators Update, we will introduce a new experience called the Windows Defender Security Center to make it is easier for you to view and control the security protections you choose and better understand the security features already protecting you on your Windows 10 device. Windows Insiders can explore this experience now under All Apps in the Start Menu and provide feedback through the Insider Feedback hub.

Below are the five key features of Windows Defender Security Center that give you control and perceivability of your device security, well-being and online safety experiences.

  1. Virus & threat protection provides a new view of your antivirus protection whether it’s Windows Defender Antivirus that comes free with Windows 10 or AV software from one of our ecosystem partners. If you’ve chosen Windows Defender Antivirus, your scan results and threat history will be displayed here, or you will be able to launch your 3rd party AV protection app directly from this screen.
  2. Device performance & health provides a single view of your latest Windows updates, drivers, battery life and storage capacity. Additionally, you have the option to start fresh with a clean install of Windows using the Refresh Windows feature. This option will keep your personal files and some Windows settings, and remove most of your apps for a fresh start that can help with performance improvements should your device need them.
  3. Firewall & network protection provides information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings, as well as links to network troubleshooting information.
  4. App & browser control allows you to adjust settings for SmartScreen for apps and browsers helping you be more informed and stay safer online by warning you of potential malicious sites, downloads and unrecognized apps and files from the Internet.
  5. Family options gives you an easy way to connect to the family options available online. This page can link you to information about parental controls, options for setting up good screen time habits, setting up activity reports of your kids’ online activity and managing controls for purchasing apps and games. You can also view the health and safety of your family’s devices from this centralized location.

The new Windows Defender Security Center is already available to insiders via the Windows 10 Insider Program for a while now and will be available to general public starting with Windows 10 Creators Update which is expected to ship in the coming months.