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Scanning with Windows Defender Antivirus or other Microsoft antimalware automatically removes threats as they are detected. However, many infections can leave remnant files and system changes. Updating your antimalware definitions and running a full scan might help address these remnant artifacts.
To get the best and fastest protection from Windows Defender Antivirus, ensure it can connect to the cloud protection service.
Use the Windows search box to find and open the Windows Defender Security Center. Navigate to Virus & threat protection settings and enable the following:
- Cloud-delivered protection
- Automatic sample submission
Prevent malware infection
Refer to our guide on how to prevent malware infection.