Windows Defender is an antivirus, constantly being developed by Microsoft, with very impressive results. The latest tests are performed by independent testing laboratories are becoming more and more encouraging.
So, due to the improvement of Windows Defender, many are the ones who prefer it Microsoft software, rather than installing another solution from third-party manufacturers.
The following publication is for those who choose Windows Security for their security. With a tweak in the group policy editor, we'll see how you can perform automatic scans on your system.
Daily checks are also recommended by Microsoft for Windows users. Despite the real-time protection offered by Windows Defender, daily scans add an extra level of security should the infection somehow escape the original real-time verification.
Let's see how we can turn on automatic scanning. Start the Group Policy Editor by pressing the Win + R keys together. In the window that opens, type gpedit.msc and press enter.
Follow the route:
Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Windows Defender Antivirus - Scan
On the right side of the screen, you'll find a variety of policies that allow you to configure the scheduled scanning mode:
Specify the type of scan that will be used for the scheduled scan
Set the day of the week to run a scheduled scan
Set the time for a daily fast scan
Specify the time of day to perform a scheduled scan
To change their status, double-click the policy you want and select On or Off.
In the scan type you need to use for the scheduled scan, you can choose between fast and full scanning. We recommend the latter, although it also depends on the time you have for such a scan. The more data you have, the more time it takes and your system could slow down during scanning.
For the day of the week that the scheduled scan will take place, you can choose any day or day.
Setting the time for daily fast scans is a bit more complicated. Microsoft explains:
The hour value is represented by the number of minutes after midnight (00: 00). For example, 120 is equivalent to 02: 00. By default, this setting is set to 2: 00. Time uses the local time of the computer that is being scanned.
After you enable the policy, you will see an additional time option in the box at the bottom of the screen.