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    Task scheduler errors

    Recently I've been reminded by the action center to scan my drives, update defender and scan with defender.
    After a few weeks of this, I decided to look at the task scheduler to see why it wasn't happening as it should.
    I open the Task Scheduler (via Control Panel --> Administrative Tools) and was confronted with "The selected task 'Proxy' no longer exists. To see current tasks click refresh"
    When I click OK on this error message, I get another error message box "Task license validation: The task XML contains a value which is incorrectly formatted or out of range"
    When I click this error box, it goes away, and all seems normal.
    On looking down the task scheduler library, Microsoft --> Windows--> Windows Defender, all the triggers were blank, and last time run was 8 months ago.
    I managed to set the triggers, but the errors still pop up when I open Task Scheduler.

    Google doesn't help with this error.

    Any suggestions?

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    This feels like it might be a security issue, possibly Adware/Spyware that's been partially removed but affected areas need repairing and further scans might be required to determine what's happened.

    [Moved to Security and Scams]

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    I would check the Event Logs and see what types of errors and warnings Windows has been reporting.

    Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer.

    Expand the Custom Views folder and click on Administrative Events.

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    Somebody correct if I'm wrong, however, I thought WD is updated via Windows Updates, and any scheduled scan is set up within WD's settings.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    Yes updates are via WU, but I think the scans are scheduled via Windows Task Scheduler.

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul, I've already set up the WD scheduled scan with WD's menu. Now, what I do not know if that setting is then always transferred to Task Schedular intact.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    Yes updates are via WU, but I think the scans are scheduled via Windows Task Scheduler.

    cheers, Paul
    The scans are scheduled in Windows Defender...

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...#1TC=windows-7

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    "The scans are scheduled in Windows Defender..."

    I don't think this is the case in Windows 8....

    Regardless, my issue is more about the errors in Task Scheduler.

    I've done a full scan with Defender & Malwarebytes, and have never, to my knowledge, has any viruses or malware (xcept nuisance stuff like open-candy).

    The event viewer show lots of errors, but that's pretty standard, and nothing shows up as related to my issue.

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    No version was mentioned.

    So, included are instructions for scheduling Windows Defender in Windows 8.x...

    http://www.howtogeek.com/192874/how-...on-a-schedule/

    It depends on what is showing in the Administrative Events.

    Warnings are pretty standard. Errors and Critical events should be investigated.

    What changed on your system right before the tasks started failing and the errors showed up?

    Do you use any registry cleaners?

    Have you tried doing a clean boot, and seeing if you get the same errors?

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    Okay, problem solved, with a little help from "sevenforums.com"

    Inside the task scheduler:
    1. Open the Task Scheduler Library.
    2. Open Microsoft
    3. Open Windows
    4. Click on every folder until you get the error code.
    5. Open up "My Computer" and in address bar type (or copy and paste); C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\
    6. Click on the folder that gave the error in the Task Scheduler
    7. Delete what is INSIDE the folder....NOT the folder its self.
    8. Go back to Task Scheduler and hopefully no error!

    Worked for me. I deleted the two entries that were causing the pop-up errors.

    Thanks for you suggestions.

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