When you install third-party antivirus software on your Windows 10. The Microsoft Defender antivirus automatically goes into passive mode. When this mode activates your system is no longer fully protected by the Windows Antivirus.
When it comes to Windows Defender, it has now evolved a lot and is a worthy competitor for any antivirus software out there. But still, people have trust issues with the embedded antivirus.
Most of the time they end up using free antivirus software to stay protected. So, in this short article, we will like to inform you about what exactly is the passive mode and how does it work.
What is Passive Mode and How does it Work?
In short, installing any third-party antivirus/antimalware software will enable passive mode on the Windows defender. Microsoft has designed the Windows defender to be friendly to any external antimalware/antivirus software.
Microsoft allows these third party software to make changes and put it in passive mode. However, even if Windows Defender is disabled, you can still use some of the options.
This mode works differently on the different versions of Windows 10. If you have Advanced Threat Protection then it will only partially disable some features of your antivirus.
However, ATP is only available on enterprise and education versions of Windows 10. But you can still buy it as an add-on for your current license.
Available Options on Passive Mode
After installing a third party software you can still partially use the Windows defender. You can set up the defender for periodic scanning. Periodic scanning will come as a fail-safe for your current antivirus. So, after enabling periodic scanning you will be able to enhance your system protection.
Features not available during Passive mode
Gone are the days when the Windows defender was not a worthy entity for your system protection. Now a day it protects you in so many ways than you can imagine. So, let’s talk about the features that are disabled when the Windows defender is not in active mode.
- Controlled Folder Access.
- Virus and Threat Protection.
- Network Protection.
Other than the controlled folder access your new antivirus software will take over Virus and threat protection and network protection from your Windows Defender and the Windows Defender will go into passive mode.
However, you have to understand how beneficial is the control folder access. It is specifically designed for ransomware protection.
If you are just using freeware that does not offer similar protection to the control folder access then we think that you are downgrading.