Windows Defender occasionally performs background scans when the PC is idle, but does not provide an easy way to schedule a full scan. Starting with Windows 8, Windows Defender emerged as an integrated antivirus program, replacing the previously released standalone Microsoft Security Essentials. Security Essentials offered an easier way to schedule a scan from the device's user interface, but that feature in Windows Defender has disappeared. In this article, we'll walk you through the entire procedure to schedule a Windows Defender scan for Windows 10.
Scheduling a Windows Defender scan for Windows 10
To schedule a Windows Defender scan for Windows 10, follow the step-by-step procedure below.
Click the Search button. Type Task Scheduler in the search box and select the Task Scheduler option, as shown in the following image.
Once you select the Task Planner option, the following screen will appear.
In the left pane of the screen, navigate through the following path.
Task Scheduler (local) ->Task Scheduler Library ->Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Defender.
If you click on the Windows Defender option in the left pane, the right pane will display some options that are highlighted in the image above. Right-click on the Windows Defender Scheduled Scan option and select the Properties option from the menu that appears, as shown in the following image.
When you click on the Properties option, the following dialog box is displayed.
Click the Trigger tab and then click the New button as highlighted in the image above. When you click the New button, the following dialog box appears.
Select the Timed option. Then select the time period, e.g. Daily, Weekly or Monthly, etc. Check the Activated checkbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the image above. After that, click on the Conditions tab and the following options will appear.
Check the Start the task only when the computer is plugged in checkbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the image above. Close the Task Scheduler and rely on Windows Defender to run your scans according to the schedule you have chosen.
If you follow this procedure, you will be able to schedule a Windows Defender scan for Windows 10.