Windows 10: Windows Defender Scans

  1.    19 Feb 2018 #1

    Windows Defender Scans


    According to the Event Viewer, a Windows Defender Scan is listed it as "Scan Type: Antimalware." Does that include all threats?

    When I do a manual scan, and then go to see the results, the results aren't there and the Scan history usually only lists an automatic scan done at a previous time, and I have to go tot he event viewer to see it. Is there a tool that will allow me to easily view only scans?

    Also, is a quick scan sufficient? What does a scan of the OS drive do that is different that the quick scan?
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       20 Feb 2018 #2

    kitpzyxmsir said: View Post
    According to the Event Viewer, a Windows Defender Scan is listed it as "Scan Type: Antimalware." Does that include all threats?
    Yes. Malware includes all threats.

    Evaluation criteria for malware and unwanted software - Windows Defender Security Intelligence
    kitpzyxmsir said: View Post
    Also, is a quick scan sufficient? What does a scan of the OS drive do that is different that the quick scan?
    Quick scans look at all the locations where there could be malware registered to start with the system, such as registry keys and known Windows startup folders.

    Combined with always-on real-time protection capability - which reviews files when they are opened and closed, and whenever a user navigates to a folder - a quick scan helps provide strong coverage both for malware that starts with the system and kernel-level malware.

    In most instances, this means a quick scan is adequate to find malware that wasn't picked up by real-time protection.

    A full scan can be useful on endpoints that have encountered a malware threat to identify if there are any inactive components that require a more thorough clean-up. In this instance, you may want to use a full scan when running an on-demand scan.
    Windows Defender Antivirus and Microsoft antimalware FAQ - Windows Defender Security Intelligence
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  3.    20 Feb 2018 #3

    ok, so it appears that in the absence of a reported abnormal finding, you can be comfortable with the quick scan quick scan. I looked at he event viewer and didnt realize how active windows defender was.

    Thanks.
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