Microsoft threat protection

Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows yet and includes next-generation antimalware and breach detection solutions.

Windows Defender Antivirus, an enterprise-grade antivirus solution, uses the cloud, vast optics, machine learning, and behavior analysis to rapidly respond to emerging threats. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) helps our enterprise customers detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks and data breaches on their networks.

Windows Defender Antivirus

Windows Defender Antivirus is a convenient and powerful solution for stopping file-based threats, providing the following advantages:

  • Competitive protection
  • Behavioral detections and timely cloud-based protection
  • Tamper resistance
  • Built-in and updated with Windows
  • Centrally manageable, with multiple options to manage from the cloud

To use Windows Defender Antivirus, use the Windows search box to find and open the Windows Defender Security Center. Navigate to the Virus & threat protection settings and enable Real-time protection and Cloud-based protection.

Windows Defender Antivirus is also built into Windows 8.1. For older platforms, read Antimalware protection outside of Windows 10.

Learn more about Windows Defender Antivirus

Windows Defender ATP

Windows Defender ATP is a breach detection solution that leverages sensors in Windows 10 and cloud analytics to provide fast behavioral detection of breach activity. It effectively detects malicious activities associated with actual intrusions and ransomware epidemics.

Windows Defender ATP provides the following advantages:

  • Convenient endpoint onboarding
  • Behavior-based, cloud-powered breach detection
  • Rich scoping and investigation tools, with deep file analysis
  • Unique and powerful threat intelligence knowledge base

Windows Defender ATP is built into the core of Windows 10 Enterprise and can be evaluated free of charge.

Learn more about Windows Defender ATP

Antimalware protection for previous versions of Windows

Windows Defender Antivirus is built into Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. If your computer is running Windows 7 or earlier, you can download and use Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

On enterprise networks, System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) provides a single, integrated platform that reduces your IT management and operating costs. It can be used to manage Windows Defender Antivirus on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 computers. On Windows 8.1 or older systems, it leverages the Endpoint Protection client, which uses the same antimalware technologies to detect and remove malware as Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender Antivirus.

Cleanup tools

To assist all Windows customers, including those who are not running Windows Defender Antivirus, Microsoft provides several malware removal solutions.

Windows Defender Offline

Windows Defender Offline runs outside of Windows to remove rootkits and other threats that hide from the Windows operating system. This tool uses a small, separate operating environment, where evasive threats are unable to hide from antimalware scanners.

With Windows 10, Windows Defender Offline is built into the operating system and can run from the Windows Defender Security Center. It is provided as a separate download for previous versions of Windows.

Learn more about Windows Defender Offline

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

The Malicious Software Remove Tool (MSRT) is released regularly through Windows Update and automatically removes the most prevalent threats. MSRT helps ensure that Windows computers, regardless of their antimalware solution, are scanned and cleaned regularly for the most prevalent threats.

MSRT is also provided for download as a standalone tool. Customers who want to be able to address the most prevalent threats on demand can download and run the standalone version.

Download MSRT

Microsoft Safety Scanner

Safety Scanner provides full, comprehensive on-demand antimalware scans. It offers robust offline scan and cleanup capabilities. However, it does not provide real-time or cloud-based protection available with Windows Defender Antivirus.

Safety Scanner covers both prevalent and less notable threats. It is recommended as a more robust alternative to MSRT.

Download Safety Scanner

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