To schedule an analysis in Windows Defender

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Microsoft a Windows 10/8 with integrated security software, Windows Defender. Its free, easy to use and has great features like other competitive antivirus software in its category. This article shows how to program a complete scan in Windows Defender.

Schedule a scan in Windows Defender

January 2021 Update:

We now recommend using this tool for your error. Additionally, this tool fixes common computer errors, protects you against file loss, malware, hardware failures and optimizes your PC for maximum performance. You can fix your PC problems quickly and prevent others from happening with this software:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.


To schedule regular full scans in Windows Defender that run in the background and protect your Windows against malware, you must use the built-in task scheduler.

1 Press Windows + R combination and enter taskschd.msc in the Run dialog box. Click OK.

2 In the Task Scheduler window, navigate to Task Scheduler -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Defender. Now select the third name for Windows Defender Scheduled Scan in the center area, as shown below :

3 Now you will be taken to the next place where you need to change to the Trigger tab (16). Click New.

4 We are now planning scanning, so we configure it as shown in the following window. First select Start Task as On Calendar, then select your priority for analysis in section Settings. Make sure you have enabled Enabled in the lower left corner of this window. Finally, click OK.

5 Go to Actions tab and click Edit.

6 First, insert the script of the broadcast between quotation marks, since it is not present by default. And here you can add two types of arguments, Scan -ScheduleJob for Quick Scan and Scan -ScheduleJob -ScheduleJob -ScanType 2 for Full Scan. Click OK.

7 Go to tab Conditions and select the Performance Options according to your most appropriate priority. It is advantageous to set the unit to ON even if it is not turned on at the scheduled time. You can also set the priority for the network here.

8 We have now completed the planning. You can confirm this in the window where Next Run Time is displayed depending on your selection in step 4.

Windows Defender automatically scans your computer at the scheduled time.

I hope you found the article useful.

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