Schedule Scan in Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10  

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  1.    03 Dec 2018 #10

    Brink said: View Post
    It would be nice to have an option in Windows Security to schedule a scan.

    Please send feedback to Microsoft requesting this feature in the Feedback Hub app. If enough people requests or upvote feedback for it, Microsoft may add it.
    My dear Brink,

    The point is that Windows Defender (in its various iterations: WinDef, OneCare [!], MSE) did indeed have that feature.

    So, it's not really a feature that someone at Microsoft needs to figure out how to do and, then, add.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       03 Dec 2018 #11

    Agreed. It just needs to be added back via Windows Security now.

    Having enough people request it via the Feedback Hub can help make this happen.
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  3.    03 Dec 2018 #12

    Brink said: View Post
    It would be nice to have an option in Windows Security to schedule a scan.

    Please send feedback to Microsoft requesting this feature in the Feedback Hub app. If enough people requests or upvote feedback for it, Microsoft may add it.
    Good idea, I will do that now.

    I wouldn't have known how to schedule a scan if I hadn't read this thread, and I wouldn't have been able to work it out myself as it's quite an involved process.
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       1 Week Ago #13

    Brink said: View Post
    C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe
    That is always an old copy of MpCmdRun.exe. WD now adds & uses new versions of MpCmdRun.exe in new subfolders within C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform
    [it also keeps copies in a few other locations but this is the location it uses as you can see by checking the properties of the antimalware service executable in Task manager]
    - To run a quick scan, I use a batch file to identify the latest subfolder and then run a -scan command within that folder.
    - I use a similar method to update malware definitions

    Code:
    set GetLatestVersionPath="dir "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform" /ad /od /b"
    FOR /F "tokens=*" %%i IN (' %GetLatestVersionPath% ') Do Set LatestVersionPath=%%i
    "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\%LatestVersionPath%\MpCmdRun.exe" -Scan -1
    These are useful switches
    -Scan -1 runs Quick scan
    -SignatureUpdate
    updates the malware definitions


    You can get info on MpCmdRun command line switches in its own help info -
    First, go to the folder identified above then
    either
    [in a command window]
    enter the command MpCmdRun.exe /?
    or
    [in a PowerShell window]
    enter the command .\MpCmdRun.exe /?


    I hope this is helpful,
    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 1 Week Ago at 04:52.
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