Windows 10 Periodic scanning feature for Windows Defender

How to enable Windows Defender Limited Periodic Scanning on Windows 10

Windows 10 Anniversary Update introduces Limited Periodic scanning on Windows Defender to help users choosing a third-party antivirus to be more protected.

On Windows 10, Microsoft continues to includes its free Windows Defender antivirus software to detect and remove malware from your computer. However, many users choose to install third-party security software, such as Symantec’s Norton Antivirus, AVG, or McAfee — just to name a few.

The problem is that there is no antivirus that will guarantee full protection from every malware, and to help with issue starting with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft is including a new feature in Windows Defender called “Limited Periodic scanning”.

Limited Periodic scanning will only be available on devices running a third-party antivirus, and when it’s enabled, Windows Defender will remain disabled, but periodically will scan and remove any threats that the other antivirus software you installed may not have been able to detect.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable Limited Periodic scanning on your Windows 10 devices when you have a third-party antivirus already installed just add an extra layer of security.

How to enable Limited Periodic Scanning

  1. Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.

  2. Click Update & security.

  3. Click Windows Defender.

  4. Enable Limited Periodic Scanning to complete the task.

    Periodic scanning feature on Windows Defender

Once Limited Periodic scanning is enabled on your computer, Windows 10 will use the Automatic Maintenance feature to make sure to run the scans on optimal times to minimize the impact on performance and battery life.

While Windows Defender will detect and remove any malware it finds automatically, you will get notified of the new threat through a toast notification, which you can click to open the antivirus software and take additional actions. In addition, you can click the History tab to view other malware the software was previously able to delete.

Windows Defender Periodic scanning is only meant to provide an extra layer of security to make Windows 10 more secure when you use another antivirus solution.

What kind of antivirus do you use? Will you be using the Limited Periodic Scanning feature? Tell us in the comments below.