Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Auto Maintenance and Defender

  1. #11


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by DesertFrank View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yeah, that's why I like to have a separate task scheduled to run when nothing else is scheduled to run instead to help prevent it from being possibly terminated.
    Yesterday, Auto Maintenance had 4 activities logged when I went to Control Panel and Checked Action Center. It ran at 3:17 AM, 3:34 AM, 7:31 AM, and 5:59 PM. Is this normal? Can anyone here verify there run times. Does anyone actually have Auto Maintenance set to 3:00 AM default and actually see that time verified when they check action center Auto Maintenance run time?
    I have auto maintenance set to run, but not allowed to wake the PC.

    If the auto maintenance task failed to run at the scheduled time, then it's normal for it to try again later or run as soon as it's able. That would account for the different times that it runs at despite being set to the default 3AM time.

    You could manually start and stop auto maintenance at anytime as well.
    As for Windows Defender, I personally like to also manually run a scan whenever I like.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    You mean computer wakes up, wakes me up at 3:00 AM in the morning? No way. I leave that disabled.
    But yes the auto maintenance has something default at 3:00AM but never checked the pc at that time.
    I might not be the right answer here since my computer is shut down at 3:00AM and it doesn't turn on by itself.

    I rather run a scan manually myself daily or once a week but maintenance also kicks in every now and then when the computer is on and idle.
    Thanks for your input. In my reading and viewing Youtube on the Internet I understand that I need to stay logged in to my laptop. One writer and another Youtube video said that if I shutdown the laptop, I need to stay logged in. Is that true? I have been logging out to sleep or to shut down in the past. Perhaps that is affecting my default 3:00 AM Auto Maintenance scan. The scan seem to want to run when I awake or turn on the computer AND log in during morning time.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DesertFrank View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yeah, that's why I like to have a separate task scheduled to run when nothing else is scheduled to run instead to help prevent it from being possibly terminated.
    Yesterday, Auto Maintenance had 4 activities logged when I went to Control Panel and Checked Action Center. It ran at 3:17 AM, 3:34 AM, 7:31 AM, and 5:59 PM. Is this normal? Can anyone here verify there run times. Does anyone actually have Auto Maintenance set to 3:00 AM default and actually see that time verified when they check action center Auto Maintenance run time?
    I have auto maintenance set to run, but not allowed to wake the PC.

    If the auto maintenance task failed to run at the scheduled time, then it's normal for it to try again later or run as soon as it's able. That would account for the different times that it runs at despite being set to the default 3AM time.

    You could manually start and stop auto maintenance at anytime as well.
    As for Windows Defender, I personally like to also manually run a scan whenever I like.
    Here are my power options. Should I allow Auto Maintenance to access my computer without a password? I understand by a few sources that I need to NOT log out when putting to sleep or shutting down in order to enable Auto M to do its thing.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14


    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15


    To require or not to require
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    It doesn't matter since it runs as the system and not a user.

    As long as your PC is running or is set to be woken up when automatic maintenance is scheduled to run, then it'll run whether a user is logged in or not.

    If the PC is in use or not powered on or running at the scheduled time, then it will try to run automatically later.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #17


    Click image for larger version
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Screenshot (129).png   Screenshot (128).png  
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #18


    Boooooya!!! It really worked. I didn't mean to post power consumption pic at the end but this is awesome. I'm trying to see what actually changed things but for right now my computer seems set. Auto Maintenenance ran at 3:15 AM today while laptop was plugged in and on sleep mode. 3:17 AM Windows Defender did a Quick Scan (auto scan). Task Manager was clean and functioning well and Cache, Cleanup, Scheduled Scan (aka 'Auto Scan) and Verification occurred. There is only one thing I did last night but I doubt it was the difference maker, I went into Defender>Advanced and added 'create a system restore point' b/c it had not been checked. Much thanks to all. Now on to the next and here's to more fun in the future.

    --Joe
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #19


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news Joe.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Auto Maintenance and Defender
Related Threads
Auto update Windows Defender in System Security
I have just started to use Windows Defender on W8.1 and cannot see a way to get it to auto update without getting all the other Windows updates to auto update as well. I prefer to manage the general Windows updates myself and decide when (or if) to apply them. However, like other AV products, I...
How to Change "Automatic Maintenance" Settings in Windows 8 and 8.1 Windows depends on execution of inbox and third party maintenance activity for much of its value-add, including Windows Update, and automatic disk defragmentation, as well as antivirus updates and scans. Additionally,...
My colleague has just received an email from someone with a "WhatsApp" video attached - of course it was not a video, and unfortunately it seems to have auto disabled Windows Defender and loaded PC Optimizer Pro and some form of "Norton" and it is reporting that it is infected with Trojan.Gen.2 We...
What happens if I shut down my computer (specifically my Win 8 tablet) while the action center flag shows that maintenance is in progress?
When my 8.1 laptop lost time and I didn't understand why I looked in Control Panel/System Security/Action Centre and altho the Automatic Maintenance says No action needed the last run date is unknown and Windows was unable to determine the last date maintenance was run. If I try to Start...
Hi there, new here. Just recently updated to Windows 8.1 via Windows 8's Store. One thing I've noticed, though, is that two tasks - Idle Maintenance and Regular Maintenance run when I'm on battery as opposed to just when I'm on power (I use a laptop). Curious, I looked in Task Scheduler and...
Solved windows defender auto scan in System Security
hi i am trying to stop defender doing auto scans which seem to happen about 7 pm aus time which screws up my tv recordings for some reason i would like to get it to scan early morning but cannot seem to find where to change the time it scans in win 8 thanks brad
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook