How to Update Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows 11

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The post outlines how to manually update Microsoft Defender Antivirus security intelligence on Windows 11. Once the Windows Security app opened, users need to click on the “Virus & threat protection” group and then “Protection updates”. Finally, clicking on “Check for updates” will download the latest protection version.

This post explains the steps you can take to check for Microsoft Defender Antivirus security intelligence updates in Windows 11.

When you turn on Microsoft Defender Antivirus, it uses security intelligence to detect and block threats. It will automatically download the latest intelligence to protect your Windows device against the most recent threats online.

Users can also manually download the latest security intelligence anytime by clicking on the Check for updates button in the Windows Security app.

Below is how to do that.

As described above, Windows Defender Antivirus has a button to manually check for intelligence updates.

Here’s how to do that in Windows 11.

First, open the Windows Security app.

When the Windows Security app opens, click on the Virus & threat protection group.

Windows Security Virus and threat protection
Windows Security Virus and threat protection

On the Virtus & threat protection settings page, click on the Protection updates link, highlighted below.

Windows Security Virus and threat protection updates
Windows Security Virus and threat protection updates

On the Virus & threat protection -> Protection update settings page, you should see the current security intelligence version, date created, and the last time it was updated.

Windows Security Virus and threat protection check updates
Windows Security Virus and threat protection check updates

Click on the Check for updates button to check for the latest security intelligence version. Doing that will download your device’s latest security intelligence version for Windows Defender Antivirus.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to check for the latest security intelligence version of Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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