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Run a Scan With Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10

Windows Defender Security Center provides the Virus & threat protection area to help you scan for threats on your device. If you're already using Windows Defender Antivirus as your antivirus program, use the Scan now feature in Windows Defender Security Center to make sure that specific files or folders are safe.

How to Run a Full Scan with Windows Defender Security Center

Windows Defender Security Center is a new home of Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10 Creator Update. Here's how to scan for potentially harmful threats on Windows 10 PC.

Step 1: Open Windows Defender Security Center app.

You can also quickly open it by clicking the shield icon in the taskbar.

Open Windows Defender Security Center app

Step 2: Click on the Virus threat protection tile on the left menu bar. Click Quick scan.

Quick scan

Step 3: Or click Advanced scan to specify different types of scans, such as a full scan. And click Scan now button to check all file and running programs on your PC. The process always takes several hours to complete.

Run a scan with Windows Defender Security Center app

If the scan finishes and the app shows There may be threats on your device message, click the Clean threats button to remove those detected items, or click See threat details link to review them.

How to Scan a File or Folder with Windows Defender

It is easy to use Windows Defender to find out viruses and malware with some files. Here's how:

Method 1

To scan specific files or folders, select the ones you want, right-click them, and then select Scan with Windows Defender Antivirus option from the menu.

Scan with Windows Defender

Method 2

Step 1: Open Windows Defender Security Center.

Step 2: Click on Virus & threat protection tile on the left menu bar, click on Advanced scan.

Virus and threat protection

Step 3: Click on Custom scan > Scan now, and then select the file or folder that you want.

Custom Scan

Both scans will notify you immediately if any threats are found. Where can I find scan results?

To see the Windows Defender Offline scan results, open Windows Defender Security Center > Virus & threat protection > Scan history > See full history.