Help me schedule defender scans

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Danno111, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. Danno111

    Danno111 Guest

    I have set defender to automatically scan my computer, but it never does.
    Does the program have to be running, or do I need to use a scheduler to
    launch the program before the scheduled start time? I can't imagine running
    it all the time unless I can minimize to my tray, but I don't see this
    option. What am I missing?
    Danno111, Apr 1, 2007
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  2. Defender should run in the background without you noticing. I have scheduled
    mine to run at 7pm each day and, as far as i am aware, it does. If i'm not
    using my pc at 7pm then it cannot run, in which case the next time i log on
    the defender icon will pop up itne notification area and, if i click on it,
    it will tell me that i haven't scanned my pc for 1 day or several days
    depedning upon on often i have used the pc.

    To schedule all you need do is launch defender, click the Tools followed by
    options. in the options window select frequency: daily, Approximate time:
    What tiem you want the sacns tto starts and finalyy the type of scan, -quick
    or full. Finally click the Save button and that should be it.

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    Dennis Milns Guest

    I would have expected what John to be true - but in my case when I open
    Defender from the icon I get the following (Note UK format for date
    Last Scan: 26/02/2008 at 14:01, (Quick scan).
    Scan schedule: Daily around 02:00.
    Real time protection: On
    Definition version: 1.27.7082.0 created os 25/02/2008 at 20:22.

    Today is 01/03/2008 and no scan has been run since 26/02/2008 - I have to
    manual initiate the scan
    I am running Vista on an HP laptop.

    Any ideas please?
    Dennis Milns, Mar 1, 2008
  4. Danno111

    Brink Guest

    Hi Dennis,

    For the Windows Defender scan to run, the computer must be running and
    awake. It's usually best to schedule the scan to run when you know the
    computer will be up and running.

    If you want Windows Defender to wake the computer up when it is asleep
    to run the scan, then you will need to go into Task Scheduler. In
    there, click on View and click "Show Hidden Tasks", then expand the
    folders until you see the Windows Defender folder. Click on the folder,
    then in the middle pane, right click on the "MP Scheduled Scan" and
    click Properties. Click on the Conditions tab. Check "Wake the computer
    to run this task" and click OK.



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    Brink, Mar 1, 2008
  5. Danno111

    Dennis Milns Guest

    Many thanks - but why do I have to go through this rigmarole form such a
    fundamental product when other products seem to be able to start
    automatically when I wakeup the computer. Surely WD should start the scan
    Thanks - I will update this if it fails to do the scan at 02:00
    Dennis Milns, Mar 1, 2008
  6. Danno111

    Brink Guest


    You can. Instead of setting Windows Defender to "Wake up the computer",
    you can go into the "Settings" tab instead of the "Conditions" tab. In
    there, check "Run task as soon as........".



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    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, Mar 1, 2008
  7. Danno111

    C.B. Guest


    Mr. Milns,

    I have my Windows Defender set to start automatically and do a full
    scan at 7:00 P.M. every day. If my computer is off at that particular time
    the scan starts as soon as I am logged in. The Windows Defender interface is
    shown and it runs without any input from me.
    I don't have a solution for you. Maybe someone else can solve it.

    C.B., Mar 2, 2008
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