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How to Turn On or Off Windows 10 Limited Periodic Scanning with Windows Defender

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14352, a new security setting called Limited Periodic Scanning will be included.

Limited Periodic Scanning is a new security setting you can choose to turn on if you use an antivirus program other than Windows Defender. This setting can provide an additional line of defense in scanning and detecting malware on your device. Each month Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool detects malware on 1 to 2 million devices, even those running other antivirus software. The Limited Periodic Scanning setting can be turned on for unmanaged devices.

When turned on, Windows 10 will use the Windows Defender scanning engine to periodically scan your PC for threats and remediate them. These periodic scans will utilize Automatic Maintenance—to ensure the system chooses optimal times based on minimal impact to the user, PC performance, and energy efficiency—or customers can schedule these scans. Limited Periodic Scanning is intended to offer an additional line of defense to your existing antivirus program’s real-time protection.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Limited Periodic Scanning if you use an antivirus program other than Windows Defender in Windows 10.

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