Sunday, December 1, 2013

PowerShell cmdlets for Windows Defender with Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 includes PowerShell cmdlets for the local Windows Defender service.  A list of cmdlets can be obtained by using the command Get-Command –Module defender.

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The cmdlet Get-MpComputerStatus will display overall details of the Windows Defender service.

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The Get-MpPreference will display parameters for the application.

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The cmdlet Update-MpSignature will start the signature update process.

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Manual scans can be executed by using the Start-MpScan cmdlet.

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The Get-MPThreatDetection cmdlet should display any threats that have been found.  In this example, no detected threats were present.

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