Scan Profiles Overview

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Scan Profiles Overview

Scan profiles consist of one or more scanners and are used by PDQ Inventory to scan customized areas of your network without scanning every component. The use of different scan profiles may result in faster scanning since individual profiles can be configured to collect specific limited information. The inverse may also be true, especially in the case of file and registry scanning, where broader search criteria could result in significantly longer scan times. (Enterprise mode is required to configure Scan Profiles as well as use any scan profile other than Standard).

You can use scan profiles to collect lots of data at once (for example, using the prebuilt Standard profile) or limited data (for example, using the prebuilt Computer Info profile).  You can also create new scan profiles using custom groups of scanners or edit the prebuilt scan profiles. Scan profiles can be set to run on schedules or they can be initiated manually. For details, see Creating Scan Profiles. For details about prebuilt profiles, see Prebuilt Scan Profiles. (Enterprise mode required to create and edit profiles.)

To create and/or edit a scan profile, click Scan Profiles , select Scan Profiles from the tree, or click Computer > Scan Profiles.




Opens the Scan Profile window for the creation of a new scan profile. For details on this window, see Creating a New Scan Profile.

Set Default

Sets the selected scan profile as default. Only one profile can be selected as default. For details, see Default Scan Profile.

Scan Profiles grid

This grid displays all Scan Profiles that have been configured.


Profile Name

The name of the Scan Profile. This is the name that will be displayed in all Scan menus.


The trigger that will start an automatic scan using that scan profile. Triggers can be scheduled to run automatically by scan age and/or by a schedule trigger.

For a demonstration of scheduling a scan, see the following video.

Video: Scheduling Scans in PDQ Inventory

Scheduling Scans in PDQ Inventory



The default scan profile will be indicated with a green check mark. This scan profile will be pinned to the top of all Scan menus and will be the default profile run when new computers are added to the database.


The Collection(s) the Scan Profile will scan when automatically started from a trigger.

NOTE: Running a scan profile manually will scan all computers selected at that time.

Scan Profile Details

The sidebar displays information on the selected scan profile.



The description of the Scan Profile. This field is only visible in the Scan Profiles page and will not be displayed on any scan menu.

Prebuilt Scan Profiles

The following table describes the prebuilt scan profiles in PDQ Inventory.


Included Scanners



Active Directory (Enterprise mode required to scan AD Group information)


Computer Details



Environment Variables

Hardware Devices

Hot Fixes

Memory Modules

Network Adapters

Printers (local)



Users & Groups

Windows Features

Windows Task Schedules (Enterprise mode required to scan this information)

Gathers all basic inventory data and is scheduled to scan when the previous Standard scan age reaches 7 days old. Also, this runs automatically on every new computer added to the database.

Set as the default scan profile (initiate by pressing F6 for selected computers or Shift+F6 for collections).



Computer Details

Hot Fixes

Scans for installed applications and basic computer information. This does not contain a schedule trigger.

Computer Info

Computer Details

Gathers basic computer information only, such as name, current user, and operating system. This does not contain a schedule trigger.

PS - Mapped Drives


Retrieves the mapped drives of logged-on users.

PS - Windows Defender Information


Gathers basic Windows Defender Information such as product version and signature version using the built-in cmdlet Get-MpComputerStatus found in the defender module.

Registry Run Keys

Registry (Multiple instances, each configured for a specific registry key)

Scans the registry for Windows Run and RunOnce keys. This does not contain a schedule trigger.

Windows EXEs

Files & Directories

Scans for all .EXE files in the Windows\System32 directory. This does not contain a schedule trigger.

Windows Firewall Configuration


Scans the Firewall configuration settings for DomainProfile and StandardProfile. This does not contain a schedule trigger.

Default Scan Profile

One scan profile is defined as the default profile (Standard initially) and is pinned to the top of the Scan menu(s). The default profile runs when new computers are added to the database or when a normal scan is initiated in the application (press F6 for selected computers or Shift+F6 for a collection). The default profile can be changed by clicking Scan Profiles , select Scan Profiles in the tree, or Computer > Scan Profiles. All scan profiles can be started manually using Scan > ProfileName on the toolbar or Computer > Scan Computers > ProfileName. For details about configuring scan profiles, see Creating Scan Profiles.





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