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In this step-by-step guide, learn how to schedule Windows Defender scan in Windows 10/8.1/8. This would help your system to stay secure.

We all know that Windows Defender is the security tool that comes with Windows 10. With Windows Defender present, your system doesn’t need additional security software. Microsoft keeps releasing security definitions to Windows Defender so that you can stay safe and secure in this online world.

In case if you’re worried about manual scanning and want to let your system scan itself, this article is for you. It would be better if you schedule scan using Windows Defender. By this, your system would be automatically scanned and it will stay safe from virus, malware etc.

Here’s how you can schedule Windows Defender scan using Task Scheduler in Windows.

How To Schedule Windows Defender Scan In Windows 10/8.1/8

1. Press W8K + R and type taskschd.msc in the Run dialog box, hit Enter key to open Task Scheduler snap-in.

Task Scheduler Windows 10

2. In the Task Scheduler window, in the left pane, navigate to Task SchedulerTask Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Windows Defender. Now in the middle pane, double click on Windows Defender Scheduled Scan.

How To Schedule Windows Defender Scan In Windows 10

3. On the next window so appeared, switch to Triggers tab. Click New.

How To Schedule Windows Defender Scan In Windows 10

4. Now we’re going to schedule the scan, so configure it as shown in the window below. Firstly choose Begin the task as On a schedule, then in Settings section select your priority to have scan. Make sure you have checked Enabled at left bottom corner of this window. Finally click OK.

How To Schedule Windows Defender Scan In Windows 10

5. Now switch to Actions tab in the same window and click Edit.

How To Schedule Windows Defender Scan In Windows 10

6. On the Edit Action window, the optional argument is Scan -ScheduleJob -ScanType 2 for Full Scan, by default. If you want Quick Scan, use Scan -ScheduleJob. Click OK.

How To Schedule Windows Defender Scan In Windows 10

7. Then come to Conditions tab and select the Power options according to your best suited priority. It will be beneficial to set your device to ON itself, if it is not ON at the scheduled time. Here you can also configure priority for network. Click OK.

How To Schedule Windows Defender Scan In Windows 10

So you’ve not finally scheduled the scan in Windows Defender. The scan would run automatically at the time you’ve specified.

How To Schedule Windows Defender Scan In Windows 10

That’s it!


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