How to get rid off Windows Defender needs to scan your computer notifications

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Windows Defender is Windows 10’s built-in antivirus software. That utility scans as a part of Win 10’s automatic maintenance.

However, “Windows Defender needs to scan your computer” Action Center notifications can still pop up with regularity for some users.

So, some users might wonder what they can do to ensure Windows Defender notifications don’t keep on popping up.

This is how Users Can Eliminate Windows Defender Scan Notifications

1. Don’t Erase Windows Defender Log Files With Files with CCleaner

Some CCleaner users have said that Windows Defender notifications keep appearing within the Action Center because CCleaner deletes Windows Defender’s log files. Thus, CCleaner can erase Windows Defender’s scan record.

Consequently, the Action Center still displays Windows Defender scan notifications even though there have been recent scans.

Therefore, some CCleaner users might need to uncheck the Windows Defender check box within the Cleaner tab shown directly below.

CCleaner window windows defender needs to scan your computer

Other disk cleaner utilities can also erase Windows Defender’s log files. That’s especially the case if users have configured them for scheduled disk cleaning. Users should check that Windows Defender check boxes aren’t selected in whatever disk cleaners they utilize.

2. Turn Off the Action Center Notifications

  1. Users can turn off Action Center notifications, which will also turn off Windows Defender’s scan notifiers. To do that, open the search box with the Windows key + S hotkey.
  2. Enter ‘notifications’ in the search box, and click Notifications & actions settings.The Notifications & actions tab windows defender needs to scan your computer
  3. Then turn off the Get notifications from apps and other senders option. That will turn off all the Action Center notifications.

3. Turn off Windows Defender Notifications With Group Policy Editor

  1. Users can turn off Windows Defender scan notifications with the Group Policy Editor in Win 10 Pro and Enterprise. To do that, open the Win + X menu with its Windows key + X hotkey.
  2. Select Run on the menu.
  3. Enter ‘gpedit.msc’ in Run’s text box, and select the OK option.The Run accessory windows defender needs to scan your computer
  4. Thereafter, click Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Defender, and Client Interface on the left of the Group Policy Editor window.
  5. Next, double-click the Suppress all notifications option on the right.
  6. Select the Enable option.
  7. Click the OK button.

4. Set up a new Scheduled Task for Daily Windows Defender Scans

  1. Users can also set up daily Windows Defender scans to eliminate WD scan notifications. To do so, open the Run accessory.
  2. Input ‘taskschd.msc’ in Run and click OK to open the window shown directly below.Task Scheduler windows defender needs to scan your computer
  3. Select Task Scheduler (Local) on the left of the window.
  4. Right-click Task Scheduler (Local) to select Create Basic Task.The task wizard windows defender needs to scan your computer
  5. Enter ‘Windows Defender daily scan’ in the Name box, and click the Next button.
  6. Select the Daily option, and select the Next option.
  7. Users can leave the time settings at their default values if they wish.
  8. Press Next to go to the Action tab.The Start a program option windows defender needs to scan your computer
  9. Select the Start a program option, and click the Next button.
  10. Click Browse to select the Program Files\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe path.
  11. Press the Next button, and then click Finish to exit the wizard. The new scheduled task will ensure there are daily Windows Defender scans so that the Action Center doesn’t blurt out scan notifications.

So, that’s how users can fix recurring “Windows Defender needs to scan your computer” notifications in Win 10. Users can also turn off Windows Defender’s scans with the Real-time protection option.

However, that isn’t recommended unless users have replacement third-party antivirus utilities for WD.


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