Use Microsoft Intune to configure scanning options
Use Microsoft Endpoint Manager to configure scanning options
For details on configuring Microsoft Endpoint Manager (current branch), see How to create and deploy antimalware policies: Scan settings.
Use Group Policy to configure scanning options
Download the Group Policy Reference Spreadsheet, which lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations that are included in the Administrative template files delivered with for Windows. You can configure refer to the spreadsheet when you edit Group Policy Objects.
Here are the most recent versions:
- On your Group Policy management computer, open the Group Policy Management Console.
- Right-click the Group Policy Object you want to configure, and then select Edit.
- In the Group Policy Management Editor go to Computer configuration and click Administrative templates.
- Expand the tree to Windows components > Microsoft Defender Antivirus, and then select a location (refer to Settings and locations in this article).
- Edit the policy object.
- Click OK, and repeat for any other settings.
Settings and locations
|Policy item and location||Default setting (if not configured)||PowerShell
|Email scanningScan > Turn on e-mail scanning
See Email scanning limitations (in this article)
|Script scanning||Enabled||This policy setting allows you to configure script scanning. If you enable or do not configure this setting, script scanning will be enabled.See Defender/AllowScriptScanning|
|Scan reparse pointsScan > Turn on reparse point scanning||Disabled||Not availableSee Reparse points|
|Scan mapped network drivesScan > Run full scan on mapped network drives||Disabled||
|Scan archive files (such as .zip or .rar files).Scan > Scan archive files||Enabled||
|Scan files on the networkScan > Scan network files||Disabled||
|Scan packed executablesScan > Scan packed executables||Enabled||Not available|
|Scan removable drives during full scans onlyScan > Scan removable drives||Disabled||
|Specify the level of subfolders within an archive folder to scanScan > Specify the maximum depth to scan archive files||0||Not available|
|Specify the maximum CPU load (as a percentage) during a scan.Scan > Specify the maximum percentage of CPU utilization during a scan||50||
|Specify the maximum size (in kilobytes) of archive files that should be scanned.Scan > Specify the maximum size of archive files to be scanned||No limit||Not availableThe default value of 0 applies no limit|
|Configure low CPU priority for scheduled scansScan > Configure low CPU priority for scheduled scans||Disabled||Not available|
If real-time protection is turned on, files are scanned before they are accessed and executed. The scanning scope includes all files, including files on mounted removable media, such as USB drives. If the device performing the scan has real-time protection or on-access protection turned on, the scan will also include network shares.
Use PowerShell to configure scanning options
For more information on how to use PowerShell with Microsoft Defender Antivirus, see
Use WMI to configure scanning options
Email scanning limitations
Email scanning enables scanning of email files used by Outlook and other mail clients during on-demand and scheduled scans. Embedded objects within email (such as attachments and archived files) are also scanned. The following file format types can be scanned and remediated:
PST files used by Outlook 2003 or older (where the archive type is set to non-unicode) are also scanned, but Microsoft Defender Antivirus cannot remediate threats that are detected inside PST files.
If Microsoft Defender Antivirus detects a threat inside an email message, it will show you the following information to assist you in identifying the compromised email, so you can remediate the threat manually:
- Email subject
- Attachment name
Scanning mapped network drives
On any OS, only the network drives that are mapped at system level, are scanned. User-level mapped network drives aren’t scanned. User-level mapped network drives are those that a user maps in their session manually and using their own credentials.