How to enable or disable Periodic scanning in Windows 11

In Microsoft Defender Antivirus, also called (“Windows security”), there is a feature called “Periodic scanning”.

Periodic scanning with Windows defender antivirus is a feature that is only available if a third-party antivirus software package is already installed and active on the computer.

The installed antivirus package replaces Windows defender antivirus and disables Windows. However, there is the periodic scan function to still scan with Windows Defender antivirus. The periodic scan performs another scan with only Windows defender antivirus in addition to the already existing antivirus scan. This way, you can detect malware or viruses on your computer that may have been missed by either of these two antiviruses.

If you enable the periodic scan feature, Windows defender antivirus remains disabled. It only performs a scan at the time the computer capacity allows. Thus, no duplicate virus scan is completed.

Periodic virus scanning with Windows Defender Antivirus

Enable periodic scanning

To enable periodic scanning in Windows defender antivirus, click on the Start button. In the search window type: virus.

Then click on the “Virus & threat protection” result.

Open virus and threat protection in windows 11

Click on “Microsoft Defender Antivirus options” and enable the “Periodic scanning” feature.

Enable periodic scanning in Windows 11

Disable periodic scanning

To disable periodic scanning in Windows defender antivirus, click on the Start button. In the search window type: virus.

Then click on the “Virus & threat protection” result.

Open virus and threat protection in windows 11

Click on “Microsoft Defender Antivirus options” and turn off the “Periodic scanning” feature.

Turn off periodic scanning in Windows 11

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