While Windows Defender does a decent job at protecting your computer, Microsoft has a hidden feature built-in for the enterprise users. Luckily, a simple registry hack can increase your adware protection in Windows Defender. As you may know, Windows Defender is included in recent versions of Windows.
1) In Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, right-click or tap-and-hold the Start button and then choose Run. Prior to Windows 8.1, Run is most easily available from the Apps screen. In Windows 7 or Windows Vista, click on Start. In Windows XP, click on the Start button and then click Run.
2) In the search box, or Run window, type
regedit and then press Enter.
Note: Depending on your version of Windows, and how it’s configured, you may see a User Account Control dialog box where you’ll need to confirm that you want to open Registry Editor.
3) Registry Editor will open.
4) To activate the adware killer feature in Windows Defender an entry in the registry under “
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Policies Microsoft Windows Defender MpEngine” with a DWORD named “
MpEnablePus” with the value “1” is to be made.
Note: You can also copy and paste the text below into Notepad, then save it as defender.reg.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Restart your computer and enjoy.