How do I run a virus scan using Windows Defender?

Running a quick scan on Windows Defender is simple and can be done in just a few clicks.

Windows Defender can be found in the task bar at the bottom right hand corner of your screen near the time. I recommend that prior to running any scan you right click on the shield and click Check for protection updates to ensure you have the most up to date virus definitions.

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To run a quick virus scan simply right click on the shield and select Run quick scan

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This will open a new screen and show the scan status

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If after running the quick scan this finds no infections and you suspect your machine is infected you can run a deeper scan by right clicking and selecting View security dashboard

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Select Virus & threat protection

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Click Scan options

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I recommend that you go straight for a full offline virus scan as this will scan every file on your device thoroughly.

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