FIX: Check your virus protection error on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Being able to quickly get rid of the notification that says Check your virus protection on your computer is mandatory when working safely and efficiently.
  • You may temporarily disable your antivirus security software or perform a clean boot. These are two of the most useful methods to correct the issue.
  • If you haven't given your computer’s security much attention lately, then things need to change in the near future.
  • This section contains details recommendations on what to do if getting other similar Windows 10 errors.
fix Check your virus protection error

Do you keep getting a notification that says Check your virus protection on your computer? It can be irritating to repeatedly see such a nagging message when you try to sign in or while working on your computer.

There are several ways to fix the virus protection notification from popping up all the time on your Windows 10 computer. To be more precise, here are seven tried solutions to help you resolve this issue.

What can I do if getting Check your virus protection error?

1. Temporarily disable your antivirus security software

disable antivirus

  1. Right-click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Select System and Security.
  4. Click Security and Maintenance.
  5. Click Change Security and Maintenance Settings to change the settings for both Windows Defender and your installed third-party antivirus program.

Whenever you install a third-party antivirus protection program on the Windows operating system, Windows Defender shuts off automatically.

You can temporarily disable the antivirus because you still need it to protect your computer against security threats. Immediately after you’re done fixing connection error, re-enable your antivirus.

You can also apply the above procedure to stop the constant notification alerts. And if you have conflicting software either fully or partially installed, then remove all other security software apps using a removal tool.


Ready to remove your antivirus solution from PC? Check out this list with the best uninstaller software you can use right now.


2. Perform a clean boot

  1. Go to the search box.
  2. Type msconfig.msconfig Windows 10
  3. Select System Configuration.
  4. Find the Services tab.
  5. Select Hide all Microsoft services box.Hide all Microsoft services
  6. Click Disable all.
  7. Go to the Startup tab.
  8. Click Open Task Manager.
  9. Close Task Manager, then click OK.
  10. Reboot your computer.

Performing a clean boot for your computer reduces conflicts related to software that can bring up the root causes that lead to the Check your virus protection notification on Windows 10.

These conflicts can be caused by applications and services that start up and run in the background whenever you start Windows normally.

In order to successfully perform a clean boot, you have to be logged on as the administrator, then follow the steps above. Learn everything there is to know about the administrator account and how you can enable/disable it right here.

You will have a clean boot environment after all these steps are carefully followed, after which you can try and check if the Check your virus protection notification persists.


3. Perform a full scan on Windows Defender

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type Windows Defender.
  3. Click Windows Defender from the search results.
  4. Go to Scan options on the right pane.
  5. Select Full.virus protection
  6. Click Scan now.virus protection

Note: The full scan may take a long time to complete depending on the number of files and folders on your computer.


4. Run Microsoft Safety Scanner

run Microsoft Safety Scanner

  1. Download the Microsoft Safety Scanner tool.
  2. Open it.
  3. Select the type of scan you want to run.
  4. Start the scan.
  5. Review scan results on the screen, which lists all malware identified on your computer.

When a virus infects your computer, it makes the machine’s performance slow down greatly. Running a virus scan means any infected files may be cleaned by deleting the file completely, so you may experience data loss.

Microsoft Safety Scanner is a tool designed to locate and remove malware from Windows PCs. It only scans when manually triggered, then you get to use it 10 days after you download it.

This means you need to download the latest version of the tool before you perform each scan on your computer. However, the Microsoft Safety Scanner tool doesn’t replace your antimalware program.

It helps remove malicious software from your Windows 10 computer. Then, to remove the Microsoft Safety Scanner tool, delete the msert.exe file by default.


5. Check if antivirus is updated

  1. Go to the Start menu on your computer.
  2. Choose All programs, followed by your antivirus tools.
  3. Select SecurityCenter.
  4. When the SecurityCenter opens, you should see a green tick with the message You are protected or something similar.You are protected message
  5. If not, click the Update button to update it manually.

This involves checking whether the virus definitions on your installed third-party antivirus program are up to date.


6. Turn on Windows Defender and Firewall

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type Windows Defender.
  3. Check whether its status says On.
  4. Next, right-click Start.
  5. Select Control Panel.
  6. Click System and Security.
  7. Select Windows Firewall.turn on Windows Firewall
  8. Click Turn Windows Firewall On or Off on the left pane.
  9. Ensure it is turned On.

You can’t open Control Panel? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.


7. Schedule a scan on Windows Defender

Windows Defender scan

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to the search field box and type Schedule Tasks.
  3. Open it from the Search results.
  4. On the left pane, click Library Task Manager to expand it.
  5. Click Microsoft, then Windows.
  6. Scroll down, then double-click the Windows Defender folder.
  7. Double-click the top middle pane on the Windows Defender Scheduled Scan.
  8. Go to Scheduled Scanning (Local Computer) > Properties.
  9. Select the Trigger tab.
  10. Go to the lower part of the window.
  11. Click New.
  12. Specify the frequency the scans should run, and when they should start.
  13. Click OK.

Windows Defender already scans your device regularly to keep it protected, but you can schedule it to scan based on the frequency you want it to so that it doesn’t become nagging and disturb you as you work.

You just need to follow the steps above to schedule a scan on Windows Defender right away.

Let us know in the comments section below whether these solutions worked to remove the nagging Check your virus protection notification on your computer.

FAQ: Learn more about Windows Defender

  • How do I reset Windows Defender settings?

Resetting Windows Defender settings can be done by opening the Control Panel and clicking on the Windows Firewall icon. Up next, click on the Restore defaults link.

Click on the Restore defaults button and lastly, click on the Yes to confirm.

  • Do I need antivirus software if I have Windows Defender?

Windows Defender is a Windows Service that works with other Microsoft security and maintenance services. In spite of that, third party premium software tools are much more comprehensive in terms of advanced utilities.

Keep in mind that Windows Defender automatically becomes inactive when you install a third-party antivirus.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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