First, I did some GoogleFu and came up with nothing.

My question is: How does Windows 10 know things like McAfee, Symantec, AVG, etc are antivirus solutions?

My assumption is that they set a registry key or something similar but I cannot seem to find documentation on this.

Thanks in advanced for any help.


They need to register themselves with WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation), and store some information in the WMI repository. See here for details on how it works.

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