Having Windows Defender as the built-in antivirus program on your Windows computer is an advantage over installing third-party antivirus programs. But sometimes, a system bug could cause issues with the Windows Defender program and make your device vulnerable to threats. To fix the Windows Defender bug issue, we have provided a few solutions below.
Update Windows Defender
Step 1:On your Windows computer, open the Start menu and click the Settings icon to open Windows Settings.
Step 2:Alternatively, press Windows + I to open Settings.
Step 3:Click the Update & Security tab in the Settings window.
Step 4:Select the Check for updates option and see if the Security intelligence Update for Microsoft Defender Antivirus title is available in the list of updates.
Step 5:Install the required update and restart your computer.
Step 6:If the updates are not available for Windows Defender, implement the next solution.
Restart the Security Center service
Step 1:First, launch the Run command box by pressing the Windows + R shortcut keys.
Step 2:Type ‘services.msc’ in the text field and click the OK button to open the Services window.
Step 3:Locate and select the Security Center service from the available list.
Step 4:Right-click the service and select the Restart option.
Step 5:Close Windows Services and restart your computer to check if the Windows Defender bug is fixed.
Disable Windows Defender
Step 1:Open the Settings app and click the Update & Security tab.
Step 2:Select the Windows Security tab from the left-side panel.
Step 3:Click the Virus & threat protection tab and select Manage settings.
Step 4:Toggle off the Real-time protection button. This will disable Windows Defender.
Step 5:Next, toggle on the button to re-enable Windows Defender.
Step 6:Alternatively, you can enable Windows Defender from the registry. To do so, launch the Registry Editor from the Run command.
Step 7:Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender folder path.
Step 8:Double-click the DisableAntiSpyware entry and set the value data to 0.
Step 9:Click OK and close the Registry Editor window.
Step 10:Check if the Windows Defender bug is fixed.
If the problem remains unsolved, contact us for assistance in resolving it.