Windows 10: Windows Defender "Action Needed" but there's no malware detection

Discus and support Windows Defender "Action Needed" but there's no malware detection in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; Every time on startup, my Windows Defender shows a 'action needed symbol' with a caution mark in a triangle which disappears a few moments later and... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by Nick 08, Oct 12, 2021.

  1. Nick 08 Win User

    Windows Defender "Action Needed" but there's no malware detection


    Every time on startup, my Windows Defender shows a 'action needed symbol' with a caution mark in a triangle which disappears a few moments later and gets replaced with the 'no action needed' symbol with a tick in a green circle.I scanned my computer several times with Malwarebytes and Windows Defender, but I have found no malware.is it possible that the malware is hiding and cannot be detected?I don't know why that happens.Someone please explain this and help me.

    :)
     
    Nick 08, Oct 12, 2021
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  2. Windows Defender notification of malware detection

    Hello,

    Thank you for keeping us posted and we appreciate your continued patience on this issue.

    At this point, I suggest you to update the Windows Defender program and check if it helps.

    To check for new Windows Defender definitions manually:

    • Open Windows Defender.
    • Click the arrow next to the Help button, and then click Check for updates. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Also, check if the detection is of the same malware file or not. Again, see if it is any specific program or a file you try to access which triggers the detection.

    Additionally, view the log in Event Viewer to check if the malware is removed every time it is prompted.

    To open the Event Viewer. To do so, follow the below steps.
    • Go to the Control Panel and choose to click on the
      Administrative Tools icon.
    • The above action will open up a new window of the Administrative Tools where you will see the
      Event Viewer.
    You can view Windows Defender "Operational" events in Event Viewer under Applications and Services Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Defender.

    Kindly keep us posted, for us to be able to assist you further.

    Thank you.
     
    Sayan_Ghosh, Oct 12, 2021
    #2
  3. mmast Win User
    Windows Defender Reports Malware, Taking Care of it, No Further Action Required, Yet History is Empty

    Windows Defender running on Windows 10 Pro x64 pops up a message (lower right corner of screen) that it detected malware, that it is taking care of the threat and that no further action is required. When I open the Defender UI and click on the History tab
    and view All detected items, the list is empty.

    Isn't this a bug in Defender? Either there was no malware and it should not have reported that there was, or there was malware and it should be in the list of detected items.
     
    mmast, Oct 12, 2021
    #3
  4. Windows Defender "Action Needed" but there's no malware detection

    windows 10 - detected Malware notification - no action required.

    Hi Manoj,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community.

    I suggest you to follow the steps below and check if it helps:


    • Open Settings.

    • Click on System and click on Notifications and Actions.

    • Under Show notifications for these apps turn off the setting for Windows defender.
    Hope this information is helpful. Please do let us know if you need further assistance, we’ll be glad to assist you.
     
    Giridhar J, Oct 12, 2021
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