‘Check your virus protection’ pop up on Windows 10: How to remove it

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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aDo you keep getting a notification that says “Check your virus protection” on your computer?

It can be irritating to keep getting such a nagging message especially as you 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 computer.

Here are seven tried solutions to help you resolve this issue.

‘Check your virus protection’ pop up: How to remove it for good

1. Temporarily disable your antivirus security software

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

You can uninstall third party software on your computer such as computer cleaner or antivirus.

Note: Temporarily disable the antivirus because you need it to protect your computer against security threats. Immediately after you’re done fixing connection error, re-enable your antivirus.

You can also do the following things to stop the constant notification alerts:

  • Right click Start
  • Click Control Panel
  • Select System and Security

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  • Click Security and Maintenance

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  • Click Change Security and Maintenance Settings to change the settings for both Windows Defender and your installed third party antivirus program

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Note: sometimes Microsoft may not recognize Webroot, or the antivirus program or internet virus scan is blocked by Windows 10.

If you have conflicting software either fully or partially installed, then remove all other security software using a cleanup and/or removal tool to remove the earlier security software on your PC.

2. Perform a clean boot to fix virus protection notification pop up

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.

How to perform a clean boot

In order to successfully perform a clean boot on Windows 10, you have to be logged on as the administrator, then follow these steps:

  • Go to the search box
  • Type msconfig

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  • Select System Configuration

  • Find Services tab
  • Select Hide all Microsoft services box

  • Click Disable all
  • Go to Startup tab
  • Click Open Task Manager

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  • Close Task manager then click Ok
  • Reboot your computer

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

  • Click Start
  • Type Windows Defender
  • Click Windows Defender from the search results
  • Go to Scan options on the right pane
  • Select Full

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  • Click Scan now

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

4. Run Microsoft Safety Scanner

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, meaning 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 heps remove malicious software from your Windows 10 computer.

Here’s how to run Microsoft Safety Scanner:

  • Download the tool
  • Open it
  • Select the type of scan you want to run
  • Start the scan
  • Review scan results on the screen, which lists all malware identified on your computer

To remove the Microsoft Safety Scanner tool, delete the msert.exe file by default.

5. Check if antivirus is updated

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

6. Turn on Windows Defender and Firewall

Here are the steps to take to execute this:

  • Click Start
  • Type Windows Defender
  • Check whether its status says ‘On’
  • Next, right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Click System and Security
  • Select Windows Firewall

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  • Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off on the left pane
  • Ensure it is turned on

ALSO READ: The 5 best Windows 10 firewalls

7. Schedule a scan on Windows Defender

The fact that Windows Defender already scans your device regularly to keep it protected, 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.

Follow these steps to schedule a scan on Windows Defender:

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type Schedule Tasks

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  • Open it from the Search results
  • On the left pane, click Library Task Manager to expand it

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  • Click Microsoft then Windows

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  • Scroll down then double-click Windows Defender folder

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  • Double-click the top middle pane on the Windows Defender Scheduled Scan
  • In Windows Defender Scheduled Scanning (Local Computer) Properties

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  • Select Trigger tab

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  • Go to the lower part of the window
  • Click New

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  • Specify the frequency the scans should run, and when they should start

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  • Click Ok

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