Windows 7 / Security and Privacy

Configuring Windows Defender on a Single Computer

Besides the settings that you can configure by using Group Policy, Windows Defender includes many settings that you can configure only by using the Windows Defender Options page on a local computer. To open the Options page, start Windows Defender by searching the Start menu, selecting Tools, and then selecting Options. Some of the settings you can configure from this page include:

  • Frequency and time of automatic scans
  • The security agents that are scanned automatically
  • Specific files and folders to be excluded from scans
  • Whether non-administrators can run Windows Defender

Because you cannot easily configure these settings with Group Policy settings, Windows Defender might not be the right choice for enterprise spyware control.

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