Windows 10: Windows defender scans are not working

Discus and support Windows defender scans are not working in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; i have installed windows 10 home but my windows defender is not working properly it is always showing me this '!' exclamation mark on the windows... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by Shirsh Prasad, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. Windows defender scans are not working


    i have installed windows 10 home but my windows defender is not working properly it is always showing me this '!' exclamation mark on the windows defender icon and it says actions recommended but when i do the scans it does nothing its just like going on and on for hours and never ends i guess its kind of an infinite loop please help me get rid of this bug or whatever it is

    :)
     
    Shirsh Prasad, Oct 26, 2021
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  2. defender scans

    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    This issue might occur if you have set any task scheduler for Windows Defender.

    I suggest you to delete the task for Windows defender and check if it helps.

    Follow the below steps:


    • Search and open Schedule tasks.

    • In the left-hand menu, open the Task Scheduler Library, then select
      Microsoft >Windows >Windows Defender.

    • Double-click Windows Defender Scheduled Scan.

    • Select the Triggers panel, then select Delete.

    Hope it helps, reply to us with the status of your issue. We will be happy to assist you.
     
    Santosh_Rai, Oct 26, 2021
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  3. Brian Cab Win User
    Windows defender custom scan does not scan external drives

    Hi Joe,

    to scan external drives using Windows Defender, follow the steps provided below.

    • Open Windows Defender.
    • Go to Settings tab.
    • Select the Advanced option.
    • tick the checkbox for Scan removable drives.

    Regards.
     
    Brian Cab, Oct 26, 2021
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  4. avemaria Win User

    Windows defender scans are not working

    right click scan in windows defender?


    thanks for that.. i didn't notice the tutorial section :x

    I did the suggested registry change and it's now listed on the desktop context menu.. but all this does is ask if I want to open it, update, or start a scan... I was hoping for the option where you right click a specific file and it will have listed 'scan with windows defender' like other antivirus programs have.. MSE had it. I'll keep looking around to see if I can find it in the meantime..
     
    avemaria, Oct 26, 2021
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