so you can see if you are affected

A Windows Defender bug has been fixed in Microsoft’s latest Defense System Update. An issue that had prompted complaints from users when they saw how Defender created thousands of small files that took up storage on our PC’s hard drive.

An error from Windows Defender version 1.1.18100.5 that could lead to the computer hard drive collapsing, generating thousands of files with sizes ranging from 600 bytes to 1 KB. A bug that has been fixed with version 1.1.18100.6 of the application.

Occupying several gigabytes of hard drive

All files generated by Windows Defender were stored in the path C: ProgramData Microsoft Windows Defender Scans History Store. This folder was filled with thousands of files with names that appear to be MD5 hashes. In fact, despite the small size, users were quick to complain.

Opinion forums such as Reddit or Microsoft’s own forums were the place to voice complaints. In fact, some users even mentioned an occupied hard drive space that reached several gigabytes.

In teams with more limited capacity, especially those with smaller SSDs, this excess could be an issue. A bug which, after being reported by Deskmodder, has been fixed in the latest Windows Defender engine, version 1.1.18100.6.

If you want to check if you are affected by this problem, you can do so using “File Explorer” and in the “View” tab, checking that “Hidden Items” are allowed.

Then in the address bar you need to write the path C: ProgramData Microsoft ** and click on “Windows Defender”. Then click “Continue” if the folder requests administrator privileges and already in the Windows Defender folder, navigate to “Scans History Scans”.

If in your case you still have doubts about which version of Windows Defender you are using, you can check it by going to “Settings” and in the “Security” section, clicking on “About”. If you want to download the patch, you can do so in the path “Settings”, “Updates and security” and in “Windows Update” and clicking on “Check for updates”.

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