Microsoft’s Malicious software removal tool detects malware on 1 to 2 million PCs, even those running other antivirus software, that tells some malware still slips through different antivirus products used by users out there, taking this into consideration, the software giant has decided to offer limited periodic scanning security setting to provide additional malware protection for unmanaged Windows 10 devices using antivirus other than Windows Defender.
This feature is now available to insiders in the fast ring on Windows 10 build 14352, Microsoft will deliver this to public, along with other new features and improvements to anniversary update this July.
This is how the limited periodic scanning works in Windows 10 when you use other AV.
Enabling Limited Periodic Scanning in Windows 10
First, you need to visit Settings > Update & Security > Windows Defender, then turn on limited Periodic scanning.
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Once that was done, whenever your PC is idle, Windows defender scanning engine scans for threats and takes action automatically. Detected threats can be found on the History tab.
When a threat has been found, you’ll be alerted through a notification, clicking on that notification takes you to Windows Defender interface where you can able to review them and take additional actions if required.
If you’re already using only Windows Defender as AV on Windows 10, then know this: the feature has been already enabled for you by the name of scheduled scans. Windows 10 periodically scans your PC .
So there you go guys! Windows 10 November update has added Scan with Windows defender context menu option, whereas the upcoming Windows 10 anniversary update, dubbed as Redstone to add ‘limited periodic scanning’.