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Stop Windows Defender From Deleting Files

Windows Defender runs and scans your PC whenever it is idle. However, the anti-virus will scan your whole system twice a week to remember nothing goes wrong on it. Not just it scans your new files on your system, but it also removes anything that it thinks is unwanted. What this means is, if you install or download an executable file that Windows Defender thinks is malicious or having a virus. Then it will remove it before you open File Explorer to the file’s download location. Let’s come and check how to stop Windows Defender from deleting/erasing the files.

All You Need To Know:

Windows Defender flags or mark files that it thinks are malicious. Also, it can’t allow running on your system. It’s a rare case that it should get a false positive but it can happen. Make sure that you are taking a big risk after running an app that Windows Defender has flagged. Do every bit of due assiduity before you run the app.

Enable Executable in Windows Defender

All executable files that Windows Defender marks are quarantined and erased from your PC. To enable a quarantined file to run on your PC, you must open Windows Defender.

Move to threat protection and Virus and tap Protection History under ‘Current Threats’. A list of all threats that Windows Defender has blocked opens. The list can’t provide much away except the date and time the threat blocked, and how serious it was. If you want to get more information, just tap the ‘Severe’ dropdown. Then you’ll need to authenticate using the admin user to proceed further.

After authenticating you’ll view more details about the blocked threat. You will also view what Windows Defender did to it i.e., detect it or delete it. You will also view the reason why it was flagged i.e., threat type, the file containing that threat. To enable the file to run, just open the Actions dropdown and choose the ‘Allow’ option.

Also, install or download the file again and this time, Windows Defender can’t block or remove it automatically. But be very careful when you plan to avoid warnings from Windows Defender.


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