Microsoft Defender AntivirusÂ is an antivirus software that is included in Windows 11 and can help protect your device from viruses, malware, and other threats.
Real-time protectionÂ consists of always-on scanning with file and process behavior monitoring and heuristics. When real-time protection is on, Microsoft Defender Antivirus detects malware and potentially unwanted software that attempts to install itself or run on your device, and prompts you to take action on malware detections.
Sometimes you may need to manually scan with Microsoft Defender Antivirus.
This tutorial will show you different ways to manually scan files, folders, and drives on demand with Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 10 and Windows 11.