Fix Virus & threat protection keeps popping up (says Threats found)

You receive a notification saying a Threat has been found Click to resolve the issue. You click on it put the threat in quarantine and then remove it. The problem is solved!

But after some time you again receive the same notification. You again click on it and repeat the same step. It disappears for a while but then again the Threat found notification is displayed. These notifications can be of the following types as displayed in the image below:

If you are facing this problem then you are in the right place. In this guide, I will be showing all the fixes which can solve this issue. Without further due, let’s head to the solutions.

Possible reasons why Windows Defender is showing Threat Found notification again & again

Most of the time, the threat is genuine if Windows Security identifies a file, process, folder, website, or anything else as a threat. It is best to take action and remove it. However, there are also times when windows Defender may detect something malicious that might not be harmful. Such types of files are known as false positives, and here are some reasons why such entities may arise:

  • After doing a complete scan of the PC or detecting any threat Windows Defender stores logs, quarantines, and removed items. When a full scan of the system is done, there are chances that it scans itself and detect the logs as a threat to the system.
  • Some browser extensions are known to contain malware, but even after removing them, windows defender shows the malware-detected notification because the browser’s settings have not been changed.
  • A malicious file is already quarantined by another Antivirus Software, and Windows Security has flagged off the same malware.

How to fix Virus & threat protection keeps popping up (says Threats found)

If you have been at the receiving end of this issue and have been receiving false positive notifications, this post will give you some of the best ways to fix the issue:

1. Delete Scan History

When Windows Security or Windows Defender scans the computer for threats it stores the scan history files in the system drive or C drive. Next time when the Windows Security or Windows Defender scans for a threat it will scan these log files and will show Threats found notifications.

If you delete these history folders from your computer, it won’t be able to scan these files and hence will not false-positive threat detection messages. Here is how you can do that:

1. Open file explorer.

2. When the explorer opens up navigate to the following path:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Scans\History\Service

3. In the Service folder look for Detection History Folder right-click on it and then click on Delete.

After doing this restart your PC and see if the same error occurs again. If threats found keep popping up then head on to the next fix.

2. Clear the Windows Defender log

Windows stores some data that includes error reports, crash reports, and scan history as log files. These can be viewed and deleted using Event Viewer. To delete Windows Defender error log files using Event Viewer follow the following steps:

1. Search for Event Viewer in the Search bar of the Start Menu and then click on Run as Administrator.

2. When the Event Viewer opens up in the left pane navigate to the following:
Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > Windows Defender > Operational.

3. When you click on Operational in the middle section you will see the log files.

4. In the right pane click on the Clear log… after clicking on the Log file.

Following these files log files will be cleared and the Windows Defender will not show the threat found notification anymore.

3. Exclude a Folder From Being Scanned

Windows Defender scans everything on your PC. However, it gives you the option to add an exclusion. i.e. windows defender gives you the option to exclude certain folders from being scanned by it. If Deleting Detection History did not work for you then you can add the Detection History folder to the exclusion list. Here is how you can do that:

1. Search for Virus & threat protection in the search bar of the Start Menu and click on Open.

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2. Click on Virus & threat protection settings.

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3. Here, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the Add or remove Exclusion option.

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4. Click on the Add an exclusion option followed by File or Folder depending on what you want to add to the exclusion list. Since we are going to add Detection History so we need to click on the folder.

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5. You will now see a Select folder popup window.

6. Navigate to the folder:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Scans\History\Service

6. Click on the Detection History and then press the Select Folder button.

4. Disable Real-Time Protection Temporarily

If you have third-party Antivirus installed on your PC then you can permanently turn off Real-Time protection. But if you do not have third-party Antivirus installed on your PC then you can temporarily disable Real-Time Protection as it will turn itself on automatically on the next restart.

Follow the following steps to disable Real-Time Protection Temporarily:

1. Open Virus & threat protection by searching for the same and then go to the Virus & threat Protection settings option.

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2. Here, you’ll see the Real-time protection section. Switch its toggle to off in order to disable the Real-time protection.

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If you want to permanently enable and disable Windows Defender, then read our in-depth guide on How to Disable and Enable Windows Defender.

5. Clearing Browser Cache

Some browser extensions are known to contain malware, but even after removing them, windows defender shows the malware-detected notification because the browser’s settings have not been changed.

So it becomes necessary to clear the browser’s cache so that any leftover item which was stored by the malicious extension gets cleared. Since we use Google Chrome so we have demonstrated clearing the browser cache in Google Chrome.

All other browsers have mostly the same procedure to clear the browsing cache. Follow the given below steps to clear the Browers’ cache:

1. Open the Chrome browser by clicking its icon in the taskbar or from the desktop wherever it is situated on your PC.

2. When the Chrome browser opens up press the three buttons on the top right corner and then click on settings.

3. On the next page click on Privacy and Security on the left pane, scroll down and click on Clear browsing data.

4. In the clear Browsing data, click on the Advanced tab.

5. In the time range select All time and click on Clear data.

6. All the browsing cache will be cleared.

6. Disable Windows Defender

If the above-mentioned fixes are not able to solve the problem then you can consider disabling the Windows Defender on your PC. Here is how you can do that:

1. Open the run dialog box and run the regedit command.

2. On the registry editor Window, navigate to the following address:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

You can also copy and paste the above path into the address bar of the Registry Editor.

3. Now, in the right pane, right-click on the empty space and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

4. Name this DWORD Value “DisabeAntiSpyware”.

5. Now, double-click on this newly created Registry value, set the value data to 1, and click on OK to save the changes.

6. Doing so will completely disable the Windows Defender on your PC.

For more detailed steps with images to disable Windows Defender follow our guide on How to disable and enable Windows Defender on Windows.

7. Use Another Antivirus Software

Now that you have disabled Windows Defender because all the above-mentioned fixes did not work on your PC. Hence we recommend installing the best third-party antivirus software.

We recommend installing Restoro for this purpose.

Restoro is a complex Windows system repair solution that scans your PC for various issues and fixes all critical system files and registry errors, as well as the damage left by viruses (not antivirus software). With a few clicks, the program frees up space on your disk and restores all compromised Windows settings to their default value.

Here is how you can perform this action:

1. Download Restoro.

2. Install and launch it.

3. Run the scan and let Restoro find any system stability issues and possible malware infections.

4. Press Start Repair.

5. Restart your PC for all the changes to take effect.

Restoro’s technology replaces severely damaged Windows system files with clean, up-to-date ones from its secure online database. You can allow it to perform this action without harming your user data.

This is the ideal all-in-one tool for fixing Windows errors, PC crashes, or registry issues. It can boost the performance of your device and make it more secure within a few minutes.

Bottom Line

This is it we hope that after trying all the fixes mentioned above, windows defender will stop giving false notifications. We also recommend installing Restoro in case you need to disable Windows Defender. Thank you so much. Stay connected.

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