Windows defender is a freeware tool provided by Microsoft in Windows 8 and Windows 10 for the purpose of protecting the systems from external threats including malwares and spywares. So, it is pretty helpful for Windows users as it eliminates the need of downloading additional 3rd party softwares for the sake of protection. But there is an error 0x800705b4 associated with Windows defender causing it to stop working.
It is an excellent program regardless of the fact that it is free. It does the same work as other paid softwares do. But these issues might be the cause of a gap facilitating the viruses to penetrate. So, these errors should be fixed in order to have a fully secured system.
Reasons Behind the Error 0x800705b4:
This error usually occurs when there is another third party protection service installed along with Windows defender. So, a conflict is established between the two programs performing the same functionality. In this case, the third party antivirus program should be disabled or uninstalled for the sake of Windows defender to work flawlessly.
Solutions to Fix the Error 0x800705b4:
A number of solutions can be used in order to get Windows defender back to its working state. As I mentioned in the reasons behind this error message, disabling the third party antivirus would be the best solution to resolve this issue. Follow the steps mentioned below.
If you have third party antivirus as well as firewall installed, then you might need to disable You should also make sure that Windows firewall in turned-on. You can enable it inside the Control panel. For this, go to Control panel by pressing
1. Win + X and select it from the list. Inside the control panel, click on Windows Firewall and click the Turn Windows Firewall on or off inside the left pane. In the next window, turn the firewall on and press OK thereafter.
2. Now, search for Windows Services panel by typing msc inside the cortana search field. Right click on program listed in the search result and run it as administrator.
3. After opening the Services, search for Windows Defender in the list and check if the Status column is blank or not. If it is blank, then right click on Windows Defender and select Start. If it doesn’t get started, then just change the startup to automatic and restart the computer again. Check if the problem still persists or not.
Additional Methods to Fix This Issue
- Press Windows Key once and select Settings
- Click Update & Security
- Click Recovery (located on the left side) and select Restart now under Advanced startup
- Click on Troubleshoot and select Reset this PC.
- Click Keep my files. If prompted, select an administrator account you want to provide credentials for and enter the password then click Ok
- If you are asked to Insert Media, you need to insert a Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue the process
- Select the Windows 10 installation that you want to refresh and click Reset to begin
Refreshing Windows 10 will now start. This will take a while to finish, and your PC will restart a few times during the process. When finished, sign in to Windows 10. Each user that signs in for the first time after the refresh will go through first start up again before seeing their desktop
- Hold Windows key and press X (Release Windows Key) then select Command Prompt (Admin)
- Type sfc /scannow and press Enter
It will take some time and will give you the results. The results can be
- Windows did not find any integrity violations
- Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and repaired them
- Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some (or all) of them
It’s always a good idea to run SFC method 3 times to make sure all the problems are fixed.