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Auto Maintenance and Defender

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    Auto Maintenance and Defender


    I have set Defender to do a quick scan in task scheduler for 1 AM. Auto Maintenance is set for 3 AM. I got up this morning to check Defender to verify the newly created quick scan and it was successful but stated it ran at 3 AM. Since I have allowed system to 'wake up' from sleep to do the quick scan, I am afraid the laptop is being awakened at both 1 AM by task scheduler and 3 AM by Auto Maintenance. Any ideas or should I leave this alone?[QUOTE=ARC1020;163739]It runs as part of Automatic Maintenance, which IIRC runs daily when your computer is idle.

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    Windows Defender to Scan on a Shedule


    Shawn, although your article was very well done and helpful to most, I now realize that Automatic Maintenance already does a Quick Scan at 3:00 AM. I created a detailed task setting up Triggers, Actions and such for it take wake at 2:00 AM to do a Quick Scan. This is redundant. I need help to disable this newly created task and return to normal. Also, I don't know if this matters but I never wrapped the default path in quotes under program/script. It still runs a Quick Scan at 2:00 AM like I set it though. Please help me delete this creation without deleting the system command that had Defender do a Quick Scan as part of Automatic Maintenance.

    Thanks,

    Joe
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    Hello Joe,

    If you used the tutorial below to create a new "trigger" and "action" in the existing Windows Defender Scheduled Scan task, then you could just delete the new trigger and action to stop it.

    Windows Defender Scheduled Scan - Set Up in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Hey, things seem to have worked. I deleted new trigger and action and the task for Windows Defender is back to its original state. Whew! Thanks I will post back tomorrow if all goes well.
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    You're most welcome. Glad to hear that seems to have got it sorted.
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    Well, mixed results. I woke up at 3 this morning to watch laptop Auto Maintenance activity. Laptop plugged in and in sleep mode. At 3:02 the screen showed color for the first time. The log-on screen was visible. It quickly went back to dark and things were seemingly done. I went in control panel/action center/maintenance and saw the setting in which I have chosen for it to run, 3:00 AM. Since it was set the way I wanted, I went to see when it ran this morning. I expected to see 3:00 AM or something very close. I only saw that it ran at 7:45 PM last night. Hmm? I restarted the computer about 3:15 AM and checked again to see if Auto Maintenance had a different run time other than last night. No change. I put the unit to sleep and went back to bed. In the morning I got up and checked again to find that Auto Maintenance ran at 3:17 AM and 3:34 AM. That is weird. I have Auto M set up to wake up my computer. Why did it not show having run at 3:00 AM or a few minutes after? Finally, I went into Task Scheduler to check on Windows Defender b/c that runs along with Auto Maintenance. It showed in the middle pane of the Scheduler "The last run of the task was terminated by user (0 x 41306) What is the last run. I know there are 4 individual tasks associated with Defender in the Scheduler. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You're most welcome. Glad to hear that seems to have got it sorted.
    Please see my results for this morning.
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    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.
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    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?
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    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.
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