Windows Defender is the most trusted anti-malware software program comes with Windows Operating System. It really helps to protect our Windows PC from spyware and malware attacks. But there are times when you may face a problem with it and find Windows Defender not working.
Now you can solve the problem on your own. My article will guide you through the solution you were looking for.
Before going into the solution lets take a look at the reasons because of which you can’t turn on Windows Defender.
Missing System Files
Error in Windows Registry Files
Computer infected by malicious files
Outdated Windows Defender database
Windows Defender not installed properly
You may not have logged in as administrator
Now, these are some of the generic reasons only. You need to have a word with a reliable Tech Support team in order to know the exact reason behind your Windows Defender errors. However, let’s concentrate on the solutions now.
Fix Windows Defender Not Working
Restart Your PC
Firstly, restart your PC and then try to turn on Windows Defender. To do so, Press the Windows Logo from your Keyboard and Select the Restart option from the shutdown menu.
Sidenote: This is the easiest method you can try. It’s okay if this doesn’t work. Check out the other solutions.
Uninstall Third Party Security Software
If you have any third party security software installed on your Windows PC try to uninstall it to run Windows Defender smoothly. The entire procedure takes little time.
All you have to is Go to Control Panel and Select the Uninstall program button from the list. Now Choose the Security Software you need to remove. Right-Click on it and tap the uninstall button.
If the third party software was causing the problem, you will find it resolved right after this step. Is the problem still persisting? Check out the next method.
Run the System File Checker
You can fix the system files to resolve the problem related to Windows Defender. Follow the steps given below to Run SFC Scannow
- At first, Open the Command prompt Press the Windows Key from the Keyboard
- Then, type cmd and right click on the ‘Command Prompt’
- Now Click on Run as Administrator
- Click Yes
- Now Type SFC /SCANNOW and hit the Enter button
- Wait a few minutes to complete the process
- Finally, Restart your PC
This step requires a little knowledge about the Windows System Files. If you don’t feel confident enough to try these on your own it is highly recommended to try these under experts supervision.
Dial the toll-free number of Microsoft Support. The experts available there can help you solve the issue
Perform a Disk Check
If the Windows Defender not working due to disk problems, performing the disk check can surely solve the problem. You can follow the steps given below to run a disk check on your computer
- Press the Windows Key from your Keyboard
- Then type cmd there
- Now, Right Click on the Command Prompt
- And then Run as administrator
- Now, Click Yes to Continue
- Type chkdsk /f /r, then press Enter on your keyboard
- Press ‘Y’ on your keyboard
Still facing the problem? Reset your Security centre Services to solve the issue.
Reset Security Service Center
Follow these simple and easy steps to reset your Security Service Center
- Go to Search and type service.msc, to open services
- Then, Find the Security Center service
- Now, Right-Click the Security Centre Services and Select Reset
- Finally, Restart your computer
Note: Doing these steps improper can increase the vulnerabilities of your system security and the data stored on your computer can get infected easily.
It is always better to fix your Windows defender problem form the Microsoft Certified technicians. Visit the Microsoft Support Portal and take help from the C-level executives available there.