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Configuring and Using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint for macOS


Opening Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

If installed, an icon for Microsoft Defender will show in your system tray (near the clock). If no action is required from you it will show a tick, otherwise it will show an exclamation mark. Single left-clicking on the icon will open its context menu.


Managing Settings

Clicking the "Manage Settings" link will open up the "Virus & threat protection settings" pane.  These settings may be changed according to your needs. iSolutions recommends leaving them as the default unless you have a specific reason to change them: 


Checking for Updates

Microsoft Defender should keep itself automatically updated (so that it is able to detect new and emerging threats). However, if you wish to check this, or Defender alerts you that the definitions have become out-of-date, then you can click the "Check for updates" link...


...followed by the "Check for Updates" button, if necessary:


Checking your Protection History

If you wish to check when your computer was last scanned for viruses and whether or not Microsoft Defender has picked up any viruses in the past, then click on "Protection History":


Running a Scan / Setting Scan Options

If you wish to run a custom scan - for example on a specific folder or removable drive - click "Scan Options", followed by "Custom Scan":


Otherwise, if you wish to scan your disk for viruses/malware then simply click the "Quick Scan" button.

Please Note: Microsoft Defender has a default "scan on demand" function which will automatically scan all files for threats when they're copied, created, opened for reading etc. Running a disk scan will detect for "dormant" malware (i.e. in files which were already on the computer before Defender was installed or which it may have missed because its definitions were out-of-date at the time).


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