How to schedule a scan in Windows Defender in Windows 10

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If you want to scan files on your computer using Windows Defender, but don't want to scan during idle hours (when you're working), this article will help you schedule a scan in Windows Defender. Windows Defender is an efficient built-in Windows 10 tool that scans your computer for potential viruses and threats. But during the scan, Windows Defender consumes a large chunk of the system's processing power and memory, slowing the latter down. Therefore, it is best to schedule the Windows Defender file to scan on your computer in an inactive period of time.



Schedule Windows Defender to scan your computer

Follow these steps to schedule Windows Defender to scan your computer

1. Close “Event Agenda“In the search box.

2. Then click on "Event Agenda“To access it.

3 inch Agenda window, go to this location-

Task Scheduler -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Defender

4. Now, in the right pane of the Agenda window, in the box, double click in "Windows Defender Scheduled Scan”Opened his property.

5. In the Windows Defender Developer Scan Properties window, go to “triggerEyelash "

6. Then you need to click on "New…".

7. Now, in the New Window Trigger file, first click "weekly”To 'tab settings' to set up a weekly scan. You can easily choose "MonthlyOption too.

8. Next, configure the 'Beginning:'time, select the date and then set the scan time as well.

9. Now choose a particular date for the scan.

10. Finally, click on "Qualified"And then click"ok“To save the changes on your computer.



11. Returning to the Windows Defender Developer Scan Properties window, go to the “Behavior"Tab" and then click "Modify…".

12. In the Edit Actions window, you can edit the “Add Topics (optional):“ as per your need.


Scan -ScheduleJob is for Quick Scan

Scansione -ScheduleJob -ScanType 2 is for Full Analysis

13. Simply copy one of these topics (in bold) according to your needs and paste it into the box next to "Add arguments (optional):".

14. Click on 'ok“To save the changes.

15. Returning to the Windows Defender Developer Scan Properties window, go to the “TermsEyelash ".


16. In the Power Options tab, change the settings as follows:

Check the box next to the "Start the task only if the computer has AC power.".

Now, if you are doing this on a laptop, we suggest you check the option "Stop if computer switches to battery“Also to save battery.

In case you think it will put your computer to sleep, check the option "Activate your computer to perform this taskThis will activate Windows to perform the analysis.

17. Now click on "ok“To save the changes on your computer.

That is! You have successfully completed setting up a standalone Windows Defender scans your system which will scan the files on your computer for possible threats and viruses.

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