If you use a windows 10 Pc or laptop, there’s absolutely no way that you haven’t been acquainted with Windows Defender yet – with all those threat removed notifications it gives you, it’s kind of really hard to miss. Windows Defender is the default anti0malware app for windows OS and while it’s a good thing that we get a stock app which keeps our system safe, Windows Defender is not very well optimized when it comes to power usage.
If you open up your task manager, you’ll see something known as antimalware service executable that’s taking up more than half of your CPU’s processing power. IT’s natural to see this and freak out, thinking that you’re looking at a hardcore virus on your system but this antimalware service executable is actually the background process of Windows Defender and that it’s doing is that it’s running a full scan after scan all over your files and system to make sure that you’re safe from malware.
In the start, this isn’t a problem but as the number of files on your computer grows, so does the amount of power that antimalware service executable takes up while doing its job. Now, the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to remove or disable Windows Defender to save your power and invest in another anti-malware program.
All you need to do is to control the frequency of these scans that it does and you’ll save up a lot of power. You can do this by pressing your windows key + R key and type taskschd.msc to arrive at the task scheduler. From here you can go to Windows Defender and select conditions and triggers for the defender to start a new scan as per your needs.