Windows Defender update limited scans to just about 40 files

Posted on Thursday, Sep 19 2019 @ 15:07 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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After the recent string of bugs introduced by Windows 10 updates, there's now also an update that made Windows Defender go haywire. A couple of days ago, Microsoft published version 4.18.1908.7 of the anti-virus tool and messages soon appeared on online boards from users who noticed that the software scanned only about 40 files when you perform a full or quick scan.

BleepingComputer tested and confirmed the issue:
BleepingComputer has been able to independently confirm that this is happening on our own computers that have version 4.18.1908.7 (KB4052623) installed. [... W]hen we performed a Full scan, it only scanned 44 files and lasted 9 seconds.
Microsoft has already resolve the issue and pushed out Security Intelligence Update for Windows Defender Antivirus - KB2267602 (Version 1.301.1684.0). Apparently, there was a problem in the anti-virus definition. Microsoft says the issue did not affect real-time scanning, only manual scans were affected.

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