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Open Windows Defender (start->(all) Programs->Windows Defender). Under "Status" at the bottom of the screen make sure that the "Last Scan" isnt more than a few days ago, Daily Scan is set to a time you usually have the computer on, Real-Time protection is set to on, and "Definition Version" isnt more than 15 days old.

Click "Tools" at the top of the window and then click "Options". Make sure "Automatically Scan" is checked, and it is set to "Daily" and at a time your computer is usually turned on. Make sure the two checkboxes that say "Check for Updated Definitons before scanning" are checked, also "Apply default actions to items during scan" should be checked.

Under "Default Actions", ALL the options should be set to "Remove", and make sure the "Use Realtime Protection" is checked.

Run a Scan

If it has been more than 3 days since the last spyware scan, you should run a scan by clicking the "Scan" button at the top of the window.

Remember that if Windows Defender ever tells you it has found spyware, tell it to remove it.



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(Click the checkbox and click next to update the progress checklist)
My Windows Defender settings are all correct and a scan has been run recently.

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