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Windows Defender Scheduled Scan - Set Up in Windows 8

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    Excellant tutorial Shawn, does defender automatically update its definitions or do I have to do that manually?

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  2. #31


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    Hello Alan,

    Windows Defender definition updates are provided as important updates in Windows Update. If you have Windows Update set to automatically install updates, then the definition updates will get installed automatically at the time you have set for automatic maintenance if the computer is turned on at the time.

    Windows Update - Automatic Updating - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    You could still also manually check for and install any update as usual though.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #32


    The Windows updates are set to automatic so were good to go. Thanks for rthe help Shawn. Greatly appreciated.

    Alan
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    You're most welcome Alan.
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    Hello. Is there any way to schedule 2 instances? For example a weekly full scan and a daily quick scan? Sorry if this has already been addressed but I think I did read the whole thread and didn't see it mentioned, but it's late and I am tired. Thanks.

    PS: Maybe it would be a good idea include a recommendation to export the setting as an optional step in the tutorial, just some friendly advice as people sometimes forget to do so on their own.
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    Hello hottrippr,

    Sure, you could just do the tutorial twice to create two new tasks. One task for a weekly full scan, and a second task for a daily quick scan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello hottrippr,

    Sure, you could just do the tutorial twice to create two new tasks. One task for a weekly full scan, and a second task for a daily quick scan.
    Thanks for the reply. Okay weird...I created a new task called Windows Defender Scheduled Full Scan and left the default task with the quick setting. The quick one shows in the action center icon normally as well as in Defender itself, you can see what it's doing. But the Full scan one doesn't show in the action center icon nor in Defender. However, looking at Defender after I ended the task it showed that a full Scan was indeed initiated at the time it had been scheduled for. It seems to be running as if it were in stealth mode or something.
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    Yeah, it runs in the background under a command instead of directly in Windows Defender.
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  9. #38


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    Ok. Thanks, I figured that it had something to do with the task being user created versus being created by system maintenance. Happy to have 2 reliable tasks now, and not depending on Maintenance, which I don't think I have ever seen complete its job besides when running it manually.
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    You're most welcome.
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