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Windows Defender keeps telling me to Scan Now

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    New Jersey
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    Windows 8.1 Pro X64

    Windows Defender keeps telling me to Scan Now


    For some odd reason WD keeps telling me I need to do a scan (it's in orange in WD) even though I do a scan everyday via the Task Scheduler. After any kind of scan it resets itself (I don't need to scan, green in color). Some time period later it tells me a scan is needed.

    Is there some option that controls how often WD tells you to do a scan? Any ideas on this will be appreciated.

    This started happening about a week or so ago. I don't have anything running on my system that IMO is doing this.

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    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by streetwolf View Post
    This started happening about a week or so ago..
    Win+R - rstrui - OK

    Quote Originally Posted by streetwolf View Post
    even though I do a scan everyday via the Task Scheduler.
    How exactly do you do that? Have you created your own task? If so, export and attach the XML.

    Quote Originally Posted by streetwolf View Post
    Is there some option that controls how often WD tells you to do a scan? Any ideas on this will be appreciated.
    WD scans during periods of system inactivity. It's implemented as a part of automatic maintenance (search tutorials here). Unless your PC runs 24x7 without entering the inactivity state, scans are taken care of and there's no need to schedule your own scans, given you didn't mess with automatic maintenance in task scheduler.
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    MD
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