How to See What Malware Windows Defender Found on Your PC

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If you use Windows Defender Antivirus For detecting and removing malware on Windows 10, it’s easy to keep an eye on Defender’s performance with an integrated list of each threat detected by the utility on your PC. Here’s how to display it.

First, open the Start menu and type “Windows Security”. Select the “Windows Security” application that appears.

(Note: Windows Defender is now known as Windows Security.)

Launch Windows Security from the Start menu in Windows 10

Using the Windows Security sidebar, select “Virus and threat protection”. Then click or press “Protection history”. (On older versions of Windows 10, this choice will instead say “Threat History.”)

Click Protection History in Windows Security on Windows 10

On the “Protection History” screen, you will see a full list of threats that Windows Defender has identified on your PC.

Windows Security Protection History List on Windows 10

If your Protection History page is empty, don’t worry, it’s probably good news. But if you have threats and want to see more information about a specific threat, click the carat-style arrow pointing down next to the item. A detailed view will appear.

A detailed view of a threat in the protection history on Windows 10

If you have a large list of identified threats, it may be useful to use the “Filters” button to refine the type of threats you want to display. For example, you can select “Quarantine” to display only threats that have been quarantined or filtered by threat severity.

Click on filters in the protection history on Windows 10

Even if your protection history is full of threats, you can rest a little easier knowing that Windows Defender is actively working. For even better protection, consider supplementing Defender with a second anti-malware program.

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