Fix: Virus Automatic Sample Submission Turns Off After Each Startup on Windows 11

Does your virus automatic sample submission turn off after each startup on Windows 11?

As part of Windows 11, Windows Security (formerly Windows Defender) provides malware and virus protection. This service is enabled by default to protect your PC from viruses and corruption errors.

However, in Windows 11 Insider Preview, a weird bug causes the Automatic Sample Submission component of Windows Security to automatically shut down after every startup. Ideally, this setting should be automatically re-enabled after every boot to prevent security threats.

If you are facing a similar issue, you are in the right place because in this guide, we will walk you through several methods of resolving this issue. All the troubleshooting methods are easy to execute, and you should be able to fix the error at hand in no time. 

Let’s get started!

1. Install the KB5004300 Cumulative Windows 11 Update.

Primarily, the issue under consideration is caused by a bug that automatically disables the automatic sample submission feature.

After several user reports, Microsoft acknowledged the issue and released a cumulative Windows 11 update (KB5004300). 

If you are experiencing the error at hand, then the easiest way to resolve it is by installing the KB5004300 update. Hopefully, you will experience the same issue again after this. 

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open a Run dialogue box by pressing Windows + R keys simultaneously on your keyboard.
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type ms-settings:windowsupdate and hit Enter. This will launch the Windows Update screen.
  3. Now click on the Check for updates button and wait for the scan to complete.
  1. If your system detects pending KB5004300 update, then click on Install now button next to it.

Once the update is installed, restart your PC.

2. Modify Windows Registry.

Windows’ Registry is a database that stores information about an operating system’s processes and applications. During relevant operations, Windows relies on the Registry Editor for vital information. This makes the Registry Editor an important component of our operating system.

Here is how you can use Windows Registry to make the desired changes:

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open a Run dialogue box.
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type regedit and hit Enter. This will launch Windows Registry on your PC.
  1. Once you are in the Registry Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below. 
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender
  1. Now right-click on the Windows Defender key and select the New > Key option.
  2. Rename this newly created key as SpyNet and once done, double-click on it.
  3. Next, right-click anywhere in the right pane and choose New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
  4. Rename this newly created value as DisableBlockAtFirstSeen and double-click on it.
  5. Set the base to Hexadecimal and under Value data, type 0
  1. Hit Enter to save the changes.
  2. Now again, right-click anywhere in the right pane and choose New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
  3. Rename this newly created value as SpynetReporting and double-click on it.
  4. Set the base to Hexadecimal and under Value data, type 1.
  1. Hit Enter to save the changes.
  2. Next, right-click anywhere in the right pane and choose New > Dword (32-bit) Value again.
  3. Rename this newly created value as SubmitSamplesConsent and double-click on it.
  4. Set the base to Hexadecimal and under Value data, type 1
  1. Hit Enter to save the changes and then restart your PC.

This should fix the error under consideration in no time.

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4. Modify Group Policy Editor.

Another easy way of fixing the Automatic Sample Submission component is by modifying the Group Policy Editor. Just like Windows Registry, Group Policy Editor is an administrative-level utility designed for advanced users to customize the operations of their operating system.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open a Run dialogue box. 
  2. In the text of the dialogue box, type gpedit.msc and hit  Enter. This will launch Group Policy Editor on your PC.
  3. Once you are inside the GPE, navigate to the location mentioned below.
Computer Configuration/ Administrative Templates/ Windows Components/ Microsoft Defender Antivirus/ MAPS
  1. Now locate Send file samples when further analysis is required policy in the right pane and double-click on it.
  1. Select Enabled and then click Apply to save the changes. 

This brings us to the end of our guide on ways to fix the Automatic Sample Submission component of Windows 11. We tried walking you through all the steps in detail and hope that one of the methods mentioned in this post did the trick for you. In case you still have any confusion about the steps, please let us know in the comment section below!

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