Turn on scan after signature update

This policy setting allows you to configure the automatic scan which starts after a definition update has occurred. If you enable or do not configure this setting a scan will start following a definition update. If you disable this setting a scan will not start following a definition update.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows Defender -> Signature Updates # DisableScanOnUpdate

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Windows Defender -> Signature Updates


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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