A Tutorial to Setup Windows 8 Defender to Scan On a Schedule


Since Microsoft has always tried to make their latest operating system (OS) series a step ahead in terms of security and privacy features, the tech giant this time has introduced Windows 8 with an advanced Windows Defender. Apart from making improvements in the software user interface (UI), the company has also added features like UEFI Secure Boot optimizations, and the extension of the SmartScreen Filter across the OS. The Windows 8 built-in security software is made available for free with an active install of the system software on the device and is quite easy to use and operate.

Offering a high-end protection with great features like other competitor antivirus software in its class, the improved version doesn't only focus on spyware but protects against all kinds of malware. Running in the background and safeguarding your Windows devices from various kinds of malware, the Windows 8 Defender is more secure, reliable, and protected than its previous versions.
In this article, you'll get to know how you can schedule periodic scans in Windows Defender by just following these simple steps:

1. Press 'Windows + R' key, type-in 'taskschd.msc' in the 'Run dialog' box, and then click 'OK.'

2. This will open the 'Task Scheduler' window, navigate to Task Scheduler -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Defender, and select third name 'Windows Defender Scheduled Scan' from the mid pane.

3. Now, you'll be taken to 'Windows Defender Scheduled Scan Properties' windows, where you'll be required to switch to the 'Triggers' tab and then click 'New.'

4. Now, you'll be scheduling the scan, choose 'On a schedule' option from the drop-down list located adjacent to the 'Begin the task' field and select your priority to schedule scan from the 'Settings' section. Once done, check the 'Enabled' option located at the left bottom corner of the window, and finally click 'OK.'

5. Now, go to the 'Actions' tab and click 'Edit.'

6. On the 'Edit Action' window, you'll be required to embed the 'Program Script' within quotes and to do this you can add two types of arguments. The 'Scan -ScheduleJob' is added for performing a Quick Scan while the 'Scan -ScheduleJob -ScanType 2' is meant for Full Scan. Type-in the desired 'Program Script' and click 'OK.'

7. Proceed towards the 'Conditions' tab and select the 'Power options' according to your preferences and you can also configure priority for the network.

8. Now, the scheduling part is done and you can confirm the same in the window by viewing the 'Next Run Time' shown as per the selections you made in step 4.

9. Close the wizard and allow Windows Defender to automatically scan your computer at the scheduled time.

Once you've successfully added the details about scheduling the next system scan on Windows Defender scheduled scan, it will automatically run in the background of Windows 8 at its pre-defined time. When the scanning is in process, you will notice the 'Action Center' icon in the taskbar notification area and the running will be indicated by the black maintenance icon located under it. If you want to see the progress of the scan or the infections that it has detected, simply click/tap on the 'Action Center' icon, and click/tap on 'Scheduled Scan' link.

Russell Winters is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve remote computer support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of internet security and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe. Her writings on tech issues are the reflection of her in-depth interest and command she carries as a laptop support technician. Her blogs and articles have been rated high for their lucid style and easy to understand language

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