Microsoft introduced Windows Defender in 2005 for the very first time when it was released for Windows XP. Back then it was a simple anti-spyware that you had to download and install yourself. Fast-forward to 2018, Windows Defender has become a full fledged antivirus software that comes pre-installed in Windows 10 and is really very efficient at blocking malware threats.
If you are using Windows Defender in your Windows 10 PC then you can configure its settings through the Windows Settings interface, but there are some other settings that you have to manage through the Group Policy editor. Now you can configure all of these settings from one place using a freeware tool called ConfigureDefender. This tool is available for both he 32-bit and 64-bit version of Windows 10. It is a completely portable program so that you can use it without having to install it first.
In the user interface of ConfigureDefender you will find a long list of settings that you can change easily by picking an option for them from the drop-down list against them. For example, you can easily enable PUA protection by picking Enabled from the listbox next to it. Similarly, you can adjust your Cloud Protection Level or CPU usage during a scan. There are over thirty different options that you can change for Windows Defender through this portable tool.
If you do not want to to go through each individual setting perhaps because you do not have enough time for this, then ConfigureDefender offers you three different modes for making quick settings – default settings, very high secure settings, child protection mode settings, etc. Simply clicking on the respective buttons changes all the settings for that mode.
ConfigureDefender brings many important settings of Windows Defender in one place. This makes them easier to access and can even save your valuable time. But this tool is designed for only experienced users as it does not display any descriptions for each of the options.
You can download ConfigureDefender from https://github.com/AndyFul/ConfigureDefender.