How to increase the protection level of Windows Defender

Windows Defender

As you well know, Windows Defender is the integrated antivirus that Windows 10 brings, a fairly efficient antivirus if we take into account the quality of today's viruses, as well as the level of defense we need. However, like everything in Windows, it is necessary that we take into account the different configuration levels that this section of the software allows us to adjust. With the arrival of Creators Update for Windows 10 we have new functionalities and capabilities for this tool, which will allow us to fully manage the entire security environment of our PC. Thanks to the latest update, we can now determine the level of protection for Windows Defender, and that is what we are going to teach you today.

You must bear in mind that for we are going to edit the Windows registry, as well as join the free Microsoft MAPS program. As always, keeping a backup copy prior to performing the procedure is quite appropriate.

Join Microsoft MAPS

First of all we are going to enter the Registry Editor, for this we press «Windows Key + R» and we will write "Regedit" in the text box. Now we press the enter key and we will enter the Registry Editor. Now we are going to follow the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows Defender. On the folder we will click with the right button of the mouse, we will choose the «New» function and click on «Password» within the drop-down menu that opens.

Create a file with DWORD value (32bits) and rename it to Spynet Reporting. Now click on "SpynetReporting", a pop-up will open, we will assign in «Value information» the number 2 and click on accept.

Change protection level

We return to the Windows Registry Editor, navigate again to the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows Defender. On Windows Defender we will give the right button again and choose the function «New> DWORD value (32bits)», and we will create a new folder called MpEngine.

Now inside MpEngine We give New> DWORD Value (32bits) and create another file with Value Information «2» and click on accept. Now Windows Defender will use the maximum level of protection. That easy.


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