Fix Windows Defender Error Code 0X80004004

Error code 0x80004004 is associated with Windows Defender program or Microsoft Security essential. It is the security service provided by Microsoft that gives protection from external threats. The error can appear with the message indicating “Error 0x80004004: E_ABORT. This error is due to an aborted operation” or something similar like “Virus and Spyware Definitions Couldn’t be updated”. If you are facing this issue, here are the solutions that can help you out.

Common Reasons for Error 0X80004004

  • Corrupt registry files
  • Incomplete program installation or uninstallation
  • Uninstalled updates
  • Installed antivirus or malware program
  • Unreliable or Unsteady Internet connection
  • Virus or Malware infection
  • Damaged or outdated computer drivers
  • Bad sectors in the hard disk

DIY Solutions for Windows Defender Error Code 0X80004004

There can be more than one reason for this error to come up. Here are different DIY solutions to fix error shortly.

Solution 1 – Basic Steps to Fix Error Code 0X80004004

  1. Check if your internet connection is reliable and stable
  2. Run a scan with the installed antivirus
  3. Check if disabling the antivirus resolves the issue
  4. Check if the error is fixed now.

Solution 2: Run Troubleshooter

  1. Press Win + W
  2. Type ‘Troubleshooter’ and then select ‘View All’
  3. Click on ‘Windows Update Troubleshooter’
  4. Follow the given instructions and check if the error is fixed

Solution 3: Remove Junk Files

  1. Press Win + X to open the ‘Menu’
  2. Select ‘Command Prompt’ with Admin access
  3. Click ‘Yes’ to run the Command Prompt
  4. Type ‘cleanmgr’ and hit Enter
  5. Click ‘OK’ to remove all junk files
  6. Check if the error has resolved

Solution 4: Install Pending Updates

  1. Click on ‘Start’
  2. Type ‘Update’ in the search box and hit Enter
  3. Identify uninstalled updates and right click on each to update it
  4. Go back to what you were doing and check if the error is fixed

Solution 5: Automate Windows Defender Service

These instructions are for Windows 10. If you are using any other Windows then pick commands similar to the ones given below.

  1. Open ‘Cortana’ and run it as Admin
  2. Search for ‘Services’
  3. Enter password and then click ‘Continue’
  4. Search ‘Windows Defender Service’ in the resultant Services window
  5. Change settings to ‘Automatic’ if it is disabled or manual
  6. Check if the error has now resolved.