Having Tamper Protection enabled is a great way to keep your Windows 10 computer safe. What Tamper Protection does is that it prevents malicious apps from making any significant changes to the Windows Defender Antivirus.
One of the features that would be changed if Tamper Protection is not enabled is real-time virus protection. By having this feature turned on, you add an extra layer of protection that’s worth trying out.
Before You Enable Tamper Protection
There are some things to keep in mind before you enable Tamper Protection. While the feature does prevent ill-disposed apps from making any changes to Windows Defender, it won’t do the same for a third-party anti-virus program you may be using.
If you don’t remember enabling this feature on your third-party antivirus, try going to settings. That’s where you should find the feature that will prevent any security changes to your antivirus.
Tamper Protection can also create issues when modifying any security settings when using apps such as PowerShell, Command-Line, and Command Prompt.
How to Turn On Tamper Protection in Windows 10
To enable Tamper Protection, go to the search option and type Windows Security. When the option appears, double-click on it. Once the app is open navigate to Update & security > Windows Security > Open Windows Security.
Click on the Virus & threat protection option, it’s right below where it says Security at a glance.
Virus & threat protection settings will have the Manage settings (in blue) right below the grey Turn on button. Click on that option and find Tamper Protection. Toggle it on and if you ever want to turn it off in the future, just follow these exact same steps to turn it off.
How to Enable Windows 10 Tamper Protection Through Registry
If you know your way around the Registry, it’s also possible to enable Tamper Protection through it. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows Defender\Features.
After double-clicking on the Features option, you should be able to see Tamper Protection. Double-click on this last option and change the Value data to zero to turn it off and back to five to turn it back on.
How to Enable Tamper Protection for a Third-Party Antivirus Software
Tamper Protection can be enabled on a third-party app such as ESET (the antivirus on my computer). Go back to Virus & threat protection and click where it says Windows Defender Antivirus options.
Scroll and toggle on the option that allows you to enable periodic scans. Click on Manage Settings under Virus & threat protection settings. Scroll down to Tamper Protection and toggle it on.
You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your computer from online dangers. Tamper Protection is a great way to keep your computer safe since it will prevent any unwanted changes from being made. What are your thoughts on Tamper Protection? Share your thoughts in the comments below.