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How to Enable Network Scanning in Windows Defender on Windows 10

John Smith
How to Enable Network Scanning in Windows Defender on Windows 10

If your Windows Defender causes up an error notification saying “item skip during the scan,” then the issue occurred due to an item being missed during the scan. If you have disabled network scanning on your device, then you can also face this issue. The application settings does not have the ability to control the scanning of your network settings. To fix this, you might be needed to enable networking scanning on Windows Defender.

How to Enable Network Scanning in Windows Defender

In this article we will show you how you can enable network scanning in windows defender with three ways and each method will permit network scanning:

  • PowerShell
  • Group Policy
  • Registry Editor

All these methods are depending on which windows version you are using, and you can select one from the above methods.

1) PowerShell

  1. Start PowerShell along with the admin account.
  2. Enter and confirm the command:
  3. Set-MpPreference –DisableScanningNetworkFiles 0
  4. There is no other output for this command, so you need to copy a file from your network and check you fix this error.
  5. If you wish to disable it, then you need to set it 1.

2) Group Policy

Here are the steps on how to enable Network scanning in Windows Defender through Group Policy:

  1. Launch the group policy editor and the visit to Computer configuration.
  2. Tap Administrative temples.
  3. Hit Windows components.
  4. Tap Windows Defender Antivirus.
  5. Tap Scan.
  6. Double-tap “Scan network files” and then set it to “Enabled.”
  7. Tap Ok.
  8. When you have enabled this service, all network files will be scan automatically.
  9. Remember that the default setting cannot scan any network files.

3) Registry Editor

When you are using Windows Home, you can also try to check registry value in the group policy that is not available for you.

  1. Here you need to launch registry editor and move to:
  2. Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender
  3. Right-tap on “Windows Defender” and generate a folder key with the name “Scan” in the scan option. Here you have to create a new DWORD with “DisableScanningNetworkFiles” and then set it to “0” to enable the scanning.
  4. Turn off the Registry.
  5. Next, you need to copy the file network; it will automatically scan.
  6. You can also copy the shortcut key and import it into another PC to apply rapidly.

John Smith is a creative person who has been writing blogs and articles about cybersecurity. He writes about the latest updates regarding mcafee.com/activate and how it can improve the work experience of users. His articles have been published in many popular e-magazines, blogs, and websites.

Source:- https://gemcafee.com/how-to-enable-network-scanning-in-windows-defender-on-windows-10/

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