If you use Windows Defender Antivirus for the detection and removal of malware on Windows 10, it’s easy to keep an eye on Defender’s performance with a default list of every threat detected by the utility on your PC. Here’s how to see it.
First, open the Start menu and type “Windows Security.” Select the “Windows Security” application that appears.
(Note, Windows Defender is now known as Windows Security.)
Using the sidebar in Windows Security, select “Virus & Threat Protection.” Then click or tap “History Protection.” (On older versions of Windows 10, this option will say “Threat History”.)
If your Protection History page is blank, don’t worry – that might be good news. But if you have a threat and want to see more information about specifics, click the rust style arrow pointing down next to the item. A detailed view will appear.
If you have a large list of threats identified, it might be useful to use the “Filter” button to narrow down what threats you want to see. For example, you can select “Quarantine” to see only threats that have been quarantined or filtered based on the severity of the threat.
Even if your Protection History is full of threats, you can rest slightly easier knowing that Windows Defender actively working. For even better protection, consider supplementing Defender with a second anti-malware program.