How do I schedule scans with Windows Defender?

Windows Defender is a built-in application that helps provide protection from malicious software, including viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software on Windows-based computers. It helps monitor your computer for potential threats, and it can be scheduled to scan your system at regular intervals.

To schedule a scan with Windows Defender, follow these steps:

1. Open Windows Defender by clicking the Start menu and type “Windows Defender” in the search box. Click open when it appears.

2. Once Windows Defender is open, click on the “Settings” tab at the top.

3. In the settings window, select the “Schedule” tab on the left.

4. Check the box next to “Run a scheduled scan” and click on “Change Schedule”.

5. You will then see the “Schedule Windows Defender” window. Select the time you want the scan to run, or set the frequency to however often you wish (Hourly, Daily, Weekly or Monthly). You can also select which days you want the scan to run on.

6. Finally, click “OK” to save your changes and exit the window.

Once the scan is scheduled, Windows Defender will automatically run whenever the scheduled time is reached. It is important to keep your antivirus protection up to date as new threats are released on a daily basis. Windows Defender does not update itself automatically, so it is important to manually check for updates periodically.

For more help and information about using Windows Defender, please visit Microsoft’s website.