How to Turn On/Off Limited Periodic Scanning in Windows 10

In today’s article, you will read instructions on how to turn on or off limited periodic scanning in Windows 10. So, if you want to try two antiviruses at a time on your Windows 10 computer or laptop, then this setting is really helpful.

turn on or off limited periodic scanning in windows 10

With the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14352, the company introduced the new security settings  called Limited Periodic Scanning. It will be the part of Windows 10 anniversary update which Microsoft will release before summer.

The new Limited Periodic Scanning in an amazing feature of Windows Defender, that let Defender application to complement a similar antivirus application. So the user who wants to install other antivirus applications on Windows 10 like Kaspersky, Avast and other can get additional protection.

The aim of releasing this security setting is to improve the overall protection of the system using Windows Defender as alternative virus scanner application in Windows 10.

Windows Defender is the default antivirus program in Windows 10. Unlike other application, it’s very hard to remove or disable it, as it’s the part of the operating system. You can manage it, by visiting to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Defender, here you will find settings to manage its security.

Whenever users install a similar antivirus software, the Windows Defender change its look and behavior in the Settings app. All the settings automatically get disabled, and the “Real-time protection” option alters its name to Periodic Scanning. You can check the following screen for more idea:

By default, Periodic Scanning option is disabled and comes to action when detect any third-party antivirus application in the Windows 10, meaning that primary Antivurs appliation must be compatible to take advantage of Periodic Scanning.

When Periodic Scanning is enabled, its run in the background and work like alternative virus scanner application besides your primary antivirus and confirm the security of the system.

Once Windows Defender find any malicious file or threat, the user will see a notification. Windows Defender is mostly disabled in Periodic Scanning mode, but still users can use the application interface to check scan history, update history, and all the action taken against previously detected malicious files and threats.

Turn On/Off Limited Periodic Scanning in Windows 10

In case, you want to try out Periodic Scanning feature of Windows Defender on Windows 10. Here is how to do it:

Suppose you’ve installed third party antivirus application installed on your Windows 10 computer. In my case, its Avast Antivirus Program. This is what you need to do:

1. Launch the Settings App -> Update & security -> Click Windows Defender (Left Panel)

turn on and off limited periodic scanner in windows 10

2. Turn On the Periodic Scanning option (Right Panel) and this will enable the Periodic Scanning in Windows 10.

3. Once done, search Windows Defender application using Windows 10 Start menu search and open it.

turn on and off limited periodic scanner in windows 10

4. In the Windows Defender interface, click on Enable option.

turn on and off periodic scanner in windows 10

5. After that, switch to Update tab and click on Update definition button. Once application is updated you’re ready to use it.

At any point, you want to disable the Periodic Scanning in Windows 10, you need to use the same settings mentioned in Step 2 and turn it off.

That’s it!

Periodic Scanning feature of Windows Defender can be useful security feature for users who want to run two antivurus application want to take their computer or laptop security to maxium level of protection. Normally users who’re using third-party antivirus application really don’t like Windows Defender and not really satisfied with its protection level.

These type of users will find this feature useless. What you think about the feature? Would you enable Periodic Scanning feature? Let use know your opinion in the comments.

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