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Windows Security: Manage Windows Defender Antivirus Scanning

Microsoft Defender Antivirus offers “Periodic Scanning,” which scans and removes threats that other Windows Security may have missed. View periodic scanning as an extra defense layer against cyber threats if you utilize non-Windows Defender products like CrowdStrike Falcon, Bitdefender, or McAfee.

Windows Defender Periodic Scanning

This mechanism identifies and prevents computer threats, collaborating with Windows Security software and third-party antivirus on Windows 10 and 11. Active Windows Defender security enables automatic Limited Periodic Scanning, protection and monitoring. Activate periodic scanning the Microsoft Defender is passive. However, it will monitor missed threats.

Individuals who use Microsoft Defender as their primary antivirus on their machine can enable Microsoft Defender to check for viruses on a regular basis by following this extensive guide: Periodic Scanning: How to schedule Windows Defender Antivirus to scan on Windows | Learn [Solve IT].

According to Microsoft, this feature is not needed for use in enterprise environments. Mostly for individual users, Periodic Scanning detects malware using limited Windows Security features, missing more threats managed by the primary security.

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In this article, you will learn the steps to enable and disable scanning on Windows 11.

How to enable periodic scanning

If you have a third-party security program installed on your computer, follow the steps below to start Limited Periodic Scanning.

Activate the Start menu by pressing the Windows key.

Windows Safety
Opening Windows Security in Start menu

Click on Virus & Threat Protection. You should be able to see the antivirus program you’re running in the Virus & Threat Protection section.

System Protection
Windows Security

Scroll down and click on the Microsoft Defender Antivirus options setting and turn on Periodic scanning. You may need admin access to complete this task.

PC Security
Turn on Periodic scanning

After activating this feature, you will observe extra options: virus settings, intrusion prevention, and the choice for advanced scans.

Current threats details

How to disable periodic scanning Windows Security

To disable Windows Defender Antivirus periodic scanning, follow the steps below:

Open Windows Security and click on Virus & threat protection. Scroll down and click on the Microsoft Defender Antivirus options setting and turn off the Periodic scanning.

Turn off Periodic scanning

After you complete the procedures, Microsoft Defender Antivirus will no longer scan your computer for viruses on a regular basis if a third-party solution is installed on the device.

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