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Windows 7: Windows Defender is on but does not scan.

01 Feb 2010   #1
dbelling

windows 7
 
 
Windows Defender is on but does not scan.

I set up a new computer with Windows 7. I set Windows Defender to run a scan every day at 2 AM, but as far as I can tell, it doesn't run the scan. It states that the last scan was run about a week ago. I rechecked the settings and Windows Defender states that it in on. I keep the computer in sleep mode at night. Any ideas what the problem is?


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01 Feb 2010   #2
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello dbelling,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

It can't run if the comp is asleep. I can't check right now, but is there a task created in task scheduler for this? If so, you can right click on the task and select propeties and on the conditions tab, select wake the computer to run this task.

Hope this helps.

Gary
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02 Feb 2010   #3
dbelling

windows 7
 
 

Thanks Gary. I left my computer on last night and Defender ran fine. I just assumed that it would wake itself up from sleep mode. Now my problem is that Defender doesn't seem to have found anything. I can not believe that there have been no spyware or other threats in over a week, yet when I click on "history" it is blank. Any ideas?
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02 Feb 2010   #4
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Download MSE, it takes the place of Windows Defender is is much better:
http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

**Don't use another anti-virus program with this one.
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02 Feb 2010   #5
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

I'll second that.
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