3 ways to scan Windows 10 system virus with Microsoft Defender

3 ways to scan Windows 10 system virus with Microsoft Defender

Windows 10 comes with Microsoft Defender security software built in. This software regularly checks and periodically scans to detect, prevent and destroy viruses, malware … from entering your computer.

However, sometimes you still need to scan the entire system manually to make sure everything is safe. In this article, we will guide you how to scan the entire Windows 10 system for viruses with Microsoft Defender.

3 ways to scan Windows 10 system-wide virus

  • 1. Use Windows Security
  • 2. Use Command Prompt
  • 3. Use PowerShell

1. Use Windows Security

To perform a virus scan of the entire Windows 10 system with Microsoft Defender via Windows Security, follow these steps:

  • Press the Windows button to open the Start menu
  • Enter Windows security and click on the first search result
  • Click Virus & threat protection
  • Under Current threats , click Scan Options

  • Select Full scan to check the entire system
  • Click the Scan now button

After that, Microsoft Defender will scan your device for viruses or malware … If it detects the security software threats, it will automatically remove or put them in isolation.

Scanning time depends on the amount of data on your computer. If you have a lot of data, you should start scanning when you’re done and let your computer do a virus scan overnight.

2. Use Command Prompt

To scan the entire system for viruses with Command Prompt, follow these steps:

  • Press the Windows button to open the Start menu
  • Type command prompt , right-click on the first search result and select Run as administrator
  • Enter the following command line into the Command Prompt and press Enter to access the latest Microsoft Defender software:
cd c:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindows DefenderPlatform*
  • Enter the following command and press Enter to conduct the scan:
mpcmdrun -scan -scantype 2

After you complete this step, the anti-virus software will start scanning for viruses. You will see the Start scanning status in the command prompt and when the scan is finished, you will receive the Scan finished message.

3. Use PowerShell

You can also use PowerShell to enable virus scanning of the entire Windows 10 system.

  • Press the Windows button to open the Start menu
  • Type powershell and right-click on the first search result, then select Run as administrator
  • Type the following command into PowerShell and press Enter :
start-mpscan -scantype fullscan

After you complete this step, Microsoft Defender will conduct a virus scan of the entire Windows 10 system to remove all viruses and malware it detects.

Wishing you success and invite you to refer to other cool Windows 10 tips on make tech easier:

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