Question Microsoft Safety Scanner

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Not suitable if your primary real-time security is Microsoft Defender Antivirus, as the virus definitions are identical.
  • The security intelligence update version of the Microsoft Safety Scanner matches the version described in this web page.
  • Microsoft Safety Scanner only scans when manually triggered. Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run Safety Scanner again. We recommend that you always download the latest version of this tool before each scan.
  • Safety Scanner is a portable executable and doesn't appear in the Windows Start menu or as an icon on the desktop. Note where you saved this download.
  • This tool doesn't replace your antimalware product. For real-time protection with automatic updates, use Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows 8 or Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7. These antimalware products also provide powerful malware removal capabilities. If you're having difficulties removing malware with these products, you can refer to our help on removing difficult threats.
 

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Right now I am using Eset as my AV
If I remember correctly Microsoft Defender has Periodic Scanning.

If another antivirus product is installed and working correctly, Microsoft Defender Antivirus will disable itself. The Windows Security app will change the Virus & threat protection section to show status about the AV product, and provide a link to the product's configuration options.

Underneath any third party AV products, a new link will appear as Microsoft Defender Antivirus options. Clicking this link will expand to show the toggle that enables limited periodic scanning. Note that the limited periodic option is a toggle to enable or disable periodic scanning.

Sliding the switch to On will show the standard Microsoft Defender Antivirus options underneath the third party AV product. The limited periodic scanning option will appear at the bottom of the page.
 

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