Schedule Scan in Windows Defender: Windows Defender is the standard antivirus program on Windows 10. Windows Defender in Windows 10 helps you protect your PC from viruses, malware, and spyware.
The Defender runs in real-time to provide the best possible protection. You can also do a full or file/folder scan if you want. The latest version of the Defender also supports offline verification. This means that you can now run Windows Defender without starting Windows 10 to find and remove viruses, malware, and other threats.
For some reason, there is no option to schedule a scan in the Windows Defender program on Windows 10. This can be useful if you want to scan your PC when it is idle or if you want to scan your PC at a specific time. You can also schedule Windows Defender to schedule your PC scan even if you log out or log out.
Although Windows Defender regularly scans your PC in the background when your PC is idle, many of you may want to schedule the Windows Defender scan at your own time.
Fortunately, you can use the Task Scheduler feature in Windows 10 to schedule the Windows Defender scan in Windows 10.
How to Schedule Scan in Windows Defender in Windows 10
Follow the instructions below to schedule Windows Defender to scan at the time and frequency you want.
Step 1: Open the Task Scheduler. This can be done by entering the task planner in the start field/taskbar search field and then pressing the enter key.
Step 2: Double-click Task Scheduler Library in the left pane of Task Scheduler to expand it.
Step 3: Double-click Microsoft in the left pane to expand it and display Windows and other entries.
Step 4: Double-click the Windows entry and scroll down to view the Windows Defender entry.
Step 5: Select Windows Defender. In the upper middle area, Windows Defender Scheduler Scan should now be displayed next to other tasks.
Note that these entries may not appear if Windows Defender is disabled. So if the Windows Defender Scheduler Scan task does not appear, check if the Defender is enabled.
Step 6: Click the right mouse button on the planned Windows Defender scan task, and then click Properties (Computer Local) to open the dialog box Windows Defender Scheduled Scan properties.
Step 7: Switch to the Trigger tab by clicking the same button.
Step 8: Click the New button here.
Step 9: Determine when to start scanning, how often to schedule the scan, and when to run the scan. You can also schedule a scan for a specific date and time, every day, or for any number of days.
As you can see in the figure above, you can lock the task when logging on, at startup, when the PC is idle, during an event when creating/changing tasks, when connecting/disconnecting from/to the user session and when planning on the workstation or unlock.
Then click the OK button. That’s it!
Thus, you can Schedule Scan in Windows Defender in Windows 10. If you have any issues, comment in the comment box.