Microsoft Defender Antivirus or commonly known as Windows Defender Antivirus is integrated into Windows 10 operating system (OS) to act as a secure and comprehensive shield against various kinds of malware.
However, during cyber-attacks, attackers modify the settings of the Windows Defender antivirus by altering the Registry Editor or adapting the security settings through group policies or PowerShell cmdlets. Consequently, it is necessary to lock the Windows Defender to stop the attackers to modify the system security settings and exploit the system and the user’s confidential data. The solution to this problem is to turn on the Windows Tamper protection to lock the Windows Defender settings.
The Windows Tamper protection does not allow the disabling of real-time protection against malware, disabling antivirus, modifying the virus and threat protection settings and security updates, behavior monitoring, and damaging cloud protection. It does not allow third-party apps to modify Windows security settings. In this article, I will describe the steps to enable the Windows tamper protection in Windows 10 OS.
Enable Windows Tamper Protection in Windows 10
Click on the start menu button or press the Windows key and type ‘windows security’ in the search bar available to the right of the Windows icon. Double click the Windows Security icon to launch the application.
Once the ‘Windows Security’ settings are opened, navigate to the ‘Protection areas’ and click on the ‘Virus & threat protection’ option.
This will open up ‘Virus & threat protection settings’ in a new window. Under the ‘Virus & threat protection settings’ section click on the ‘Manage settings’ option.
This will open up the settings for virus and threat protection. Navigate to the ‘Tamper protection’ section and turn on the tamper protection to prevent the tampering of Windows security features.