Microsoft’s anti-malware tool, Windows Defender, was released in 2006 and is now known as Microsoft Defender Antivirus.
It is a component of Windows operating systems, including Microsoft Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019.
However, Windows Server 2016 and 2019 users have faced some issue with the antivirus lately.
According to recent reports, Microsoft Defender Antivirus consumes storage by creating multiple files.
Basically, the antivirus creates a lot of files as soon as the real-time protection feature is activated.
Although this issue affects Windows Server 2016 and 2019 users, it is not clear whether it is present on other editions of Windows as well.
This problem causes a lot of inconvenience to users as a lot of storage is occupied because of it.
One user said that the problem could arise if there are multiple antivirus tools installed on the system. In this case, disabling Windows Defender fixes the said issue.
On the other hand, a Windows Defender engineer said that this is a known issue that will be fixed soon.
Affected users might not have to face this issue as long as an update with said fix is expected to be available by this Thursday, that is, May 6th.
We hope that Microsoft will release the patch on that date because users are running out of storage for no particular reason.
That said, we’ll continue to follow this for further development and provide more details once new information becomes available.
In the meantime, you can check out our dedicated Microsoft section as there are more stories like this out there.
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