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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Questions: Win10 Getting updates for Defender

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        I’m curious how Defender users are getting definition updates.

        My home systems aren’t connected to any central update servers.  I have Windows Update set to “Notify”, as I suspect most of you have.  I’d be willing to let Defender install updates automatically, but I haven’t found any way to specify a setting just for Defender.  So that’s not an option, as far as I can tell.

        I could use Windows Update and download them, but the signatures are updated frequently and I don’t want to be constantly be going to Windows Update.  Plus, there are often other updates on the list that I don’t want to download.  So I discarded that alternative.

        So, I’ve set up a scheduled task that runs “MpCmdRun.exe -SignatureUpdate” overnight, and it works well.  It pops up a command window when it executes, but that’s no problem as I’m rarely awake when it happens.

        I still get annoying Windows Update notifications for them, though, so I’m trying to get rid of them.  I tried wushowhide’ing the KB article, but that doesn’t work.

        There are a couple of policy settings under Windows Defender Update – Security Intelligence Updates that presumably control the time of day and interval that these checks are made.  I’m trying to get that set up so that it checks shortly after I run my task.

        But this is an awful lot of trouble for what should be a simple task.  Have I missed the simple solution?  Surely there are lots of folks using Defender with Windows Update set for Notify.  How are you guys doing this?



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        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Keep an eye on this topic as well.

        cheers, Paul

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