How do I create a custom scan in Bitdefender?

If you want to scan specific locations on your Windows computer or if you want to modify the default scanning options according to your preferences, you can create and schedule a custom scan in Bitdefender. With a personalized scan task, you can efficiently scan only the files & folders you want and set the scan parameters as per your requirements. In this article, we will guide you through the easy-to-follow steps on how to create a customized scan task in Bitdefender security solutions for Windows.


1. Select Protection on the left-hand side of the Bitdefender interface.

2. In the Antivirus pane, click Open.



3. In the Scans tab, click on the + Custom Scan button.

Custom Scan


4. In the Scan task window, enter a name for your custom scan, select the locations you want to scan, and then click Next.



5. Now you have the option to change these general scanning options:

Custom scan options

Scan only applications. You can set Bitdefender to scan only accessed apps.

Scan task priority. You can choose the impact a scan process should have on your system performance.

  • Auto – The priority of the scan process will depend on the system activity. To make sure that the scan process will not affect the system activity, Bitdefender will decide whether the scan process should be run with high or low priority.
  • High – The priority of the scan process will be high. By choosing this option, you will allow other programs to run slower and decrease the time needed for the scan process to finish.
  • Low – The priority of the scan process will be low. By choosing this option, you will allow other programs to run faster and increase the time needed for the scan process to finish.

Run minimized. The scan progress will not be displayed on the screen. The scan is performed in the background.

Post scan actions. Choose what action Bitdefender should take in case no threats are found:

  • Show Summary window
  • Shutdown device
  • Close Scan window


6. If you want to configure the scanning options in detail, click Show advanced options. When you are done, click Next to continue.

Custom Scan - Advanced options


7. To schedule the scan on a routine basis, check the box Choose when to schedule this task. Then use the drop-down menu to select the frequency:

  • At system startup
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • Weekly

Schedule scan


Note: If you choose Daily, Weekly or Monthly, drag the corresponding sliders to set the time when this scheduled scan should start.

Start time


8. Click Save to create the custom scan and close the configuration window.


The new custom scan will appear in the Manage Scans area. From here, you can:

  • Click the ellipsis ••• to edit or delete your custom scan task.
  • Click the Run Scan button to start your custom scan at any time.
  • Schedule a System Scan or a Quick Scan.

Manage Scans