Fix: Windows Defender constantly asks to scan after Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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by Ivan Jenic
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Just like the majority of features in Windows 10, Windows Defender also got a few improvements with the Anniversary Update. The most notable feature is the ability to perform an offline computer scan, even before your computer is booted.

However, the new offline scan feature is exactly what gives some people headache in Windows 10 version 1607. Namely, one user reported that Windows Defender constantly asks him to perform an offline scan, but when he does, no malicious software is found.

“Since updating to anniversary edition of win 10. Defender keeps saying needs to do offline scan. This is permanently on and when i try to do self scan keeps giving pop up with error message. Have run offline scan 3 times today and no viruses found in vault.”

Although this is not a serious issue that could prevent your computer, or even Windows Defender from working, constantly receiving notifications about performing a scan can be very frustrating and annoying. Luckily, there’s a simple solution that will remove all unwanted scanning prompts, and all other potentially annoying Windows Defender notifications. Here’s exactly what you need to do:

  1. Open  Control Panel
  2. Go to Security and Maintenance > Change Security & Maintenance settings
  3. Uncheck Spyware and unwanted software protection, and Virus protectionwindows defender unwatned notifications
  4. Restart your computer

There you go, after turning of these options, you won’t be bothered by unwanted Windows Defender notifications. However, we advise you to actually have these notifications turned on, because if you turn them off, you might miss some important security notification from Windows Defender, which you certainly don’t want.

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