Windows 10 may have many downsides, especially with the issues that have affected the OS in the past few weeks. However, we cannot deny the OS’ latest version is one of the most secure versions yet. It has a large amount of exploit mitigation techniques that prevent exploiting vulnerabilities remotely. It also has Windows Defender, Microsoft’s built-in antivirus that makes other antivirus a thing of the past.
Windows Defender is installed and enabled by default in every Windows 10 version, and it will stay this way unless we install a third-party antivirus. We typically have nothing to do in order to get maximum protection from the antivirus.
Although the default protection is usually good, some users might want to adjust some of the antivirus’ settings. We can do so from the antivirus itself, the Group Policy Editor, PowerShell and the Registry Editor, but there is also another tool that lets us set up Windows Defender more easily: ConfigureDefender.
How to set up Windows Defender with ConfigureDefender
ConfigureDefender is an open-source free tool specifically designed to easily set up Windows Defender. This is a portable app that has a simple interface from where we can easily tweak the settings without having to use any of the OS’ other tools.
To use this app, the first thing to do is to download it through this webpage. Once the app has been downloaded, we have to run it (the interface is not great but is totally reliable) to see every option the app has to offer.
The app is divided into three categories: Basic Defender Settings, SmartScreen, and Exploit Guard. Each group has a series of items that we can set up, and we can see their current state. Some of the options can be enabled or disabled, some require numeric values, and some require values such as “warn” or “block,” but that depends on the option. The changes will be automatically applied to our antivirus. Although it is not necessary to restart the system after setting up the antivirus, we recommend doing so.
Even if it is tempting to have all these options, we recommend using them carefully. Setting up Windows Defender poorly can put our PC in danger and even make it malfunction (if we enable Controlled Folder Access, for example). So, our recommendation is to leave everything as is if you do not know what the settings do or how they work.
As we said above, Windows Defender configures its values via the Group Policy Editor, PowerShell and the Registry Editor. However, instead of using this methods manually, we can set everything up at once with a simple tool: ConfigureDefender.