Windows Defender fulfills background scans occasionally during idle instants on your PC but doesn’t include an easy method to schedule a full scan. Beginning with Windows 8, Windows Defender emerged as a built-in antivirus program, replacing the previously arrived standalone Microsoft Security Essentials. Security Essentials offered an easier way to schedule a scan through the GUI of the device, but that feature in Windows Defender has gone away. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to schedule a Windows Defender scan for Windows 10.

Schedule a Windows Defender scan for Windows 10

To schedule a Windows Defender scan for Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step.

Click the Search button. Type Task Scheduler in the search box and choose the Task Scheduler option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you choose the Task Scheduler option, the following screen will appear.

Navigate through the following path from the left pane of the screen.

Task Scheduler (Local) -> Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Defender

As you click the Windows Defender option from the left pane, the right pane will show some options as highlighted in the above image. Right-click on the Windows Defender Scheduled Scan option and select the Properties option from the appeared menu as the following image is showing.

As you click the Properties option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Click the Triggers tab and then click the New button as highlighted in the above image. As you click the New button, the following dialogue box will appear.

Select the On a schedule option. Then choose the time period e.g. Daily, Weekly or Monthly etc. Check the Enabled checkbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. After that click, the Conditions tab and the following options will appear.

Check the Start the task only if the computer is on AC power checkbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Close the Task Scheduler and depend on Windows Defender to run your scans according to your selected schedule.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to schedule a Windows Defender scan for Windows 10.

How to schedule a Windows Defender scan for Windows 10
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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