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Old 03-22-2020, 05:42 PM   #1
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After the quick scan or full scan is completed, it says 'no current threats' but since the last couple of days I'm getting the message that "windows def. antivirus scan skipped an item due to exclusion or network scanning settings." Why is this? Do I need to do something about it ... though the laptop is working fine? Attaching a screenshot of this notification.
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Check the logs to see which item was skipped..
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:48 AM   #3
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How do I check logs?

In any case, I have no 'exclusions' (whatever that means) and my network settings have not changed. I update and quick scan everyday. About 3 or 4 days ago was the first time I got this message. Soon after,I proceeded to run a full scan with same message displayed. I have made no changes, done nothing to cause this message. Just updates, quick scans, unnecessary internet files cleanup and deleting cookies/cache. I have no exclusions.

As it appears, this issue seems widespread. Whatever the reason, I hope it goes away with future Windows updates. Maybe Microsoft will fix it at its own time, or so I hope. Until they haven't commented.
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An Exclusion is a file that you or a software program, chose as an allowed threat, as in, it is a false positive.
Go to Settings/Update & Security/Windows Security. click Allowed threats to see what was excluded. Choose Protection History to see what the results of the scans were.
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Many thanks for the guidelines spunk.funk

'Allowed threats' says "no threats" And, 'Protection history' says "No recent actions."

Until yesterday the scan kept giving that message, but it also says "no threats found."

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So, I wouldn't worry about it. Looks clean
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Infopackets.com had an article on this a day or so ago...

Warning: Windows Defender May Break (Workaround) | www.infopackets.com
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Thank you Mutch. Other than that strange message, the scan seems to be working alright. I think the suggestion in the link you posted is correct, that some update in the recent past is responsible for this glitch. I can only hope it's a harmless glitch.

Btw, how do I use Win Defender offline scan?
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Btw, how do I use Win Defender offline scan?
ok, I found it under 'scan options.' Is it advisable to run it?
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It wouldn't hurt.
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Okay ....
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Ran the offline scan. It went quite quick; when it finished and restarted I wasn't watching. So I didn't see the result. But I presume it's okay. Minutes later I ran the quick scan. Says no threats but that message persists. I guess I'll just have to let it be.
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Check Event Viewer, see if it has any information on it.

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To view a Windows Defender Antivirus event

Open Event Viewer.
In the console tree, expand Applications and Services Logs, then Microsoft, then Windows, then Windows Defender Antivirus.
Double-click on Operational.
In the details pane, view the list of individual events to find your event.
From here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-antivirus/troubleshoot-windows-defender-antivirus
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Okay, I will try to check via Event viewer.

However, when I ran quick scan this afternoon, surprisingly I didn't get that message. But next time it may appear again, it's uncertain. Thanks for the guidelines, I'll look that up.
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