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Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus Updates Over Metered Connections in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes Windows Security, which provides the latest Microsoft Defender Antivirus protection. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 10. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. In addition to this real-time protection, definition updates are downloaded automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

If you disabled automatic Windows Updates over metered connections, it will also prevent Microsoft Defender Antivirus definition updates from being automatically installed via Windows Update over a metered connection.

Starting with Windows 10 build 20175, a new group policy was added that allows Microsoft Defender to update and communicate over a metered connection even if you disabled automatic Windows Updates over metered connections.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing Microsoft Defender Antivirus to update and communicate over a metered connection in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Allow Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10

By default, Windows Update in Windows 10 will automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections where extra charges may apply. In that case, Windows Update will automatically download only those updates requited to keep Windows running smoothly.

If wanted, you are able to allow Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered connections.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered connections in Windows 10.

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