How to Enable Tamper Protection for Windows Security on Windows 10

Start screen of the Windows Security (Defender) application

May 2019 update of Windows 10 brings a new "tamper protection" feature to Windows Security, also called Windows Defender Antivirus. Tamper protection is disabled by default, and Windows security indicates that "your device may be vulnerable" unless you turn it on.

What is anti-sabotage protection on Windows 10?

Windows security recommending protection against forgery.

according to MicrosoftTamper Protection "prevents malicious applications from modifying important Windows Defender Antivirus settings, including real-time protection and cloud-provided protection." Protection and other features.

You can always configure the settings yourself through the Windows security application. In fact, once tamper protection is activated, you should not notice anything different. That's why we recommend activating it.

Note that tamper protection only applies to Windows security settings. If you use a third-party antivirus, it will not protect the settings of this antivirus. Some third-party antivirus programs incorporate similar built-in "tamper protection" features, which also protect their own settings.

Protected settings include real-time protection, cloud-delivered protection, IOff (Antivirus), behavior monitoring, and removal of security updates. Applications can not adjust these settings with the help of mobile device management and other enterprise solutions, command-line options, Group Policy, Windows registry, and more. various other methods with the protection activated.

How to activate the sabotage protection

This setting is included in the Windows security application. To open it, look for Windows Security in the Start menu and click on the "Windows Security" shortcut, double-click the Windows security shield icon in the notification area (system tray) or go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Security> Open Windows Security.

Windows security shortcut in the Start menu

You can see a prompt to activate tamper protection. You can simply click on "Activate" to activate it.

Otherwise, click on the "Protection against viruses and threats" icon in the form of a shield.

Security Center at a glance

Click the "Manage Settings" link under Virus and Threat Protection Settings.

Link Manage Settings for Virus and Threat Protection Settings

Locate the Tamper Protection setting and click the switch to set it from "Off" to "On".

If you want to disable tamper protection in the future (we do not know why, but this may be a problem), you can disable it from this location.

Option to activate tamper protection on Windows 10

This parameter can also be activated via the register. It is under the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows Defender Features

TamperProtection is a DWORD value. Set it to "0" to disable tamper protection or "5" to activate tamper protection.

Tamper protection setting in the Windows registry

We recommend that you enable this option on all your Windows 10 PCs. A company managing a fleet of PCs with enterprise software tools will want to disable it, so these management tools work, but that's the only good reason for the off.

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