With the release of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, Microsoft introduced a new security feature called Tamper Protection that protects security settings for Windows Defender antivirus from being disabled by malware or third-party programs.
When enabled, Tamper Protection will only allow Windows Defender related settings to be changed when done through the Windows Security settings screen. If a program, such as malware, or even PowerShell tries to change security settings or Microsoft Defender preferences, Tamper Protection will block the settings from being modified.
Due to this, Tamper Protection is an integral part of the Windows 10 security environment and should be enabled by all users for increased security and protection from malicious programs.
To enable Tamper Protect in Windows 10, please perform the following steps:
With Tamper Protection now enabled, your Windows Defender settings will be secured from malicious changes.
If you have non-Microsoft antivirus software installed, Microsoft will register it as your antivirus provider and disable Windows Defender. This also means that Tamper Protection and other features will be disabled as well.
If you want to enable Tamper Protection while having a third-party antivirus software installed, you can follow these steps:
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