Security and PC protection has always been a bit muddled on Windows, with a number of tools and accessories available to check various your computer’s health.

At last, it’s all change as Microsoft has put everything in one place under what’s known as the Windows Defender Security Center. Best of all, it will complement your existing virus protection software like BT Virus Protect and BT Web Protect, which are free to all customers and help keep you safe online. Read more about these brilliant products in the box below.

Here’s everything you need to know about Windows Defender Security Center:

What is the Windows Defender Security Center?

Windows Defender Security Center

The Windows Defender Security Center is the brand new place for everything PC health, protection and security related.

It is broken down into five categories:

  • Virus & threat protection
  • Device performance & health
  • Firewall & network protection
  • App & browser control
  • Family options

Windows Defender doesn't offer as comprehensive protection for your computer as BT Virus Protect, which also protects against phishing, over 611 million malware threats, injects vulnerability patches into other software if it detects a threat feautures optimisation tools, parental controls and more. Unlike Windows Defender, BT Virus Protect also works on Macs and Android phones.

Read more in our feature: 10 ways BT's free software keeps you safe

How much does the Windows Defender Security Center cost?

If you already have Windows 10 installed, the Windows Defender Security Center will be included in the Creators Update.

How do I get the Windows Defender Security Center?

The Windows Defender Security Center comes with the latest version of Windows 10, the Creators Update.

If you don’t already have the Creators Update installed, you should run the Windows Update under Settings  and Update & security.

[Read more: BT Web Protect - all you need to know]

What happened to the Windows Defender Antivirus?

The Windows Defender Antivirus is now included within the Windows Defender Security Center, so you get the same protection and more features.

How do I know what needs my attention in the Windows Defender Security Center?

On Windows Defender Security Center’s main page, the five categories are accompanied by coloured status icons. These are action recommendations: when an icon is green, it means there are no recommendations; yellow means there is a recommendation, while red means there is an urgent recommendation that you need to address immediately.

What is ‘Virus & threat protection’?

In this area you’ll simply see which virus protection software you are using, such as BT Virus Protect. It provides a link to the main software where you can use all the options you are usually accustomed to.

What is ‘Device performance and health’?

Device performance and health

The Device performance and health option is a place to ensure your PC is kept up-to-date and access a report about the general health of your computer.

You’ll see a list including Windows update, storage capacity, storage health, device driver and battery life – green ticks mean all is fine, yellow caution signs mean you have a recommended action. Simply click them for Microsoft’s advice.

At the bottom is the Fresh start option, which allows you to reset your PC if you’re having any problems.

What is ‘Firewall & network protection’?

In the Firewall & network protection section you’ll see everything relation to your Firewall settings, as well as instructions for troubleshooting network and internet problems.

What is ‘App & browser control’?

The App & browser control part lets you decide specific security settings for how apps and your web browser work.

What is ‘Family options’?

Family options

Family options allows you to control how children access your PC and what features they can access. Remember as a BT customer you can turn on Parental Controls.

You can use this section to specify which websites they can visit, set time limits on their accounts, access activity reports and decide whether they are allowed to purchase apps.

Remember, the Windows Defender Security Center complements your existing virus protection. For more comprehensive protection, BT Broadband customers should download BT Virus Protect which you can find out about it here and activate BT Web Protect, which you can find out more about it here.