In this post, learn how to fix, 'Threat service has stopped' message in Virus & threat protection tile of Windows Security app for Windows 10.

We all know background services are crucial for running applications and features on Windows operating system. This article addresses an issue which you may face, if root services are not running.

In Windows Security (earlier Windows Defender), we came around following message under Virus & threat protection tile:

Threat service has stopped. Restart it now.

FIX Threat Service Has Stopped In Windows Security

Although, we’ve a message at the Dashboard that device is being protected but actually it wasn’t 100% protected. The reason behind this fact is non-working of threat services as mentioned in Virus & threat protection tile. So to fix this problem, we hit Restart now however, nothing changed, the error stays there, even if we restart machine. Additionally, we noted same problem with Firewall & network protection tile, which says Windows Firewall service has stopped. Here the Reset button doesn’t helps.

Then how to fix this problem? Well, you can try below mentioned suggestions to resolve this issue.

FIX: ‘Threat Service Has Stopped’ In Windows Security

FIX 1 – General Suggestions

1. Completely uninstall third-party antivirus program, if you’ve it installed currently or in the past.

2. Run System File Checker scan.

3. If SFC scan fails, run DISM command line tool to repair inbox corruption on your system.

4. Make sure Windows Defender Antivirus is enabled.

5. Ensure that real-time protection is turned on.

6. Enable Windows Defender Firewall.

If issue still persists, refer FIX 2 mentioned below.

FIX 2 – Via Services Snap-in

1. Press W8K + R and type services.msc in the Run dialog box, hit Enter key to open Services snap-in.

Services Windows 10

2. In Services snap-in window, look out for following services and set their Startup Type and Status as mentioned below.

Service↓ Startup Type Status
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Service Manual
Windows Defender Antivirus Network Inspection Service Manual Running
Windows Defender Antivirus Service Automatic Running
Windows Defender Firewall Automatic Running

FIX Threat Service Has Stopped In Windows Security

3. After correctly configuring these services, close Services snap-in and check Windows Security, the issue must be resolved now.

Hope this helps!

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