To stop replying much on third-party security products, Microsoft has embedded inbuilt security systems for all of its Window systems. This system has a pre-built antivirus software called Microsoft Defender, which does various scans as per need. Out of them, performing a Fall Scan is effective since it surfaces threats with more details. Here’s how to do it;

Steps to Full Scan PC Using Microsoft Defender

Microsoft has renamed the Windows Defender as Microsoft Defender after Windows 10 May 2020 update, thus it’s all the same. The pre-built antivirus software comes with various types of scanning like Quick Scan, Full Scan, Custom Scan, and Offline Scan. Users can choose either of the scan based on their preferences and doubts.

If you ask us, we suggest doing a Full Scan periodically, since it unearths any potential threats your Windows 10 PC is storing. Though it takes more time than other scanning types, it makes an in-depth scanning of all your drives and folders (never touching your personal data) to surface the suspicious files. Thus, here’s how to do it;

  1. Navigate to Windows Security application on your PC.
  2. Upon opening the application, click on Virus & Threat Protection from the left-hand side menu.
  3. Now, click on Scan Options under the Current threats section.
  4. Finally, click on the Full Scan and Scan Now button to start the full scanning.

The scanning time depends upon the number of files your system is having, and might also slightly depend on the type of hardware using. Since the scanning process is running in the background, you can use your computer for other tasks in the meanwhile.


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