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How to use Windows Defender Email Protection?

Windows Defender

Windows Defender is a Microsoft software application that safeguards a system from malware and all virtual threats. It was an anti-spyware program built-in to fight unauthorized access and protect Windows computers from unwanted software.

What is Real-time protection?

Activating Windows defender real-time protection runs a virus check on all files and applications that are downloaded or opened. Eventually, it has to be updated regularly. If you stop running real-time protection, when you open or download files, it will not be scanned for threats. However, real-time protection will soon turn on automatically again to protect your device.

How Windows defender protect email?

Windows Defender also scans email files. Malware can install itself and hide within email files. Although real-time protection offers you the best protection from email malware, you can also scan emails stored on your PC or server with Windows Defender.

Windows Defender Email Protection

How to enable an email scan?

If it found any threats, Windows Defender Email Protection will alert you through notification.

  • Go to the Group Policy Management Editor and select Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Defender Antivirus -> Scan .
  • Now enable Turn on e-mail scanning.

If you want to scan particular files, folders, or documents:

  • Keep your cursor on the file you want to scan and right-click on it.
  • Now, select the Scan option with Microsoft Defender. The scan process starts.
  • Once it is complete, you can view the Scan options page showing you the results of the scanned items.

To Enable the Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows Security:

  • Click Start and select the Settings option.
  • Look for Update & Security.
  • Choose Windows Security.
  • Click Virus & threat protection. Now, select Manage settings on Windows 10.
  • And, now enable Real-time protection to ON mode.

Now, Windows Defender Email Protection will automatically turn ON. If you're running Windows 10 for Enterprise, turn ON the Microsoft Defender Antivirus by removing all other antivirus programs from your computer.