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    Scan with Windows Defender Context Menu - Add in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove 'Scan with Windows Defender' Context Menu in Windows 10
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    How to Add or Remove 'Scan with Windows Defender' Context Menu in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows Defender helps protect your PC against malware (malicious software) like viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software. Malware can infect your PC without your knowledge: it might install itself from an email message, when you connect to the Internet, or when you install certain apps using a USB flash drive, CD, DVD, or other removable media. Some malware can also be programmed to run at unexpected times, not only when it's installed.

    Windows Defender is included with Windows and helps keep malware from infecting your PC in two ways:
    • Providing real-time protection. Windows Defender notifies you when malware tries to install itself or run on your PC. It also notifies you when apps try to change important settings.
    • Providing anytime scanning options. Windows Defender automatically scans your PC for installed malware on a regular basis, but you can also start a scan whenever you want. Windows Defender automatically removes (or temporarily quarantines) anything that's detected during a scan.


    This tutorial will show you how to add a Scan with Windows Defender context menu for all users to be able to scan one or more files, folders, or drives on demand in Windows 10.

    While you must be signed in as and administrator to be able to add or remove the "Scan with Windows Defender" context menu, all users will be able to use the context menu.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Add or Remove "Scan with Windows Defender" UI Context Menu
    • Option Two: To Add or Remove "Scan with Windows Defender" Command Context Menu






    Scan with Windows Defender Context Menu - Add in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Scan with Windows Defender Context Menu - Add in Windows 10
    To Add or Remove "Scan with Windows Defender" UI Context Menu

    Note   Note
    Starting in the November 12th release of Windows 10 TH2 build 10586, there's a new included Scan with Windows Defender context menu that opens to the Windows Defender UI.

    This option will add or remove this new Scan with Windows Defender context menu, and has no affect on OPTION TWO below.


    EXAMPLE: "Scan with Windows Defender" UI context menu
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    1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Add "Scan with Windows Defender" to Context Menu

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_Scan_with_Windows_Defender-UI.reg

    download


     3. To Remove "Scan with Windows Defender" from Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_Scan_with_Windows_Defender-UI.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.








    Scan with Windows Defender Context Menu - Add in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Scan with Windows Defender Context Menu - Add in Windows 10
    To Add or Remove "Scan with Windows Defender" Command Context Menu

    Note   Note
    This option will add a custom Scan with Windows Defender context menu that will scan items in a command prompt, and has no affect on OPTION ONE above.

    When you right click or press and hold on one or more selected files, folders, or drives, you will have the option to Update and Scan with Windows Defender (update Windows Defender definitions and scan) or Scan with Windows Defender.


    You will not be able to use "Scan with Windows Defender" on the Recycle Bin.

    You will not be able to use "Scan with Windows Defender" on a library, but you will be able to use "Scan with Windows Defender" on an included folder or file in a library.

    You will not be able to use "Scan with Windows Defender" on the Network folder, but you will be able to use "Scan with Windows Defender" on network file or folder.



    EXAMPLE: "Scan with Windows Defender" command context menu
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    1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Add "Scan with Windows Defender" to Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_Scan_with_Windows_Defender-command.reg

    download


     3. To Remove "Scan with Windows Defender" from Context Menu

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_Scan_with_Windows_Defender-Command.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    07 Oct 2015 #1

    Thanks. I had an .exe in a folder. After doing the above, if I scanned the folder, no threats found is reported. If I scanned the .exe in the folder, it is reported that the .exe was skipped. Why?

    It makes me doubt the clean report on the folder.
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  2. Posts : 22,143
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       07 Oct 2015 #2

    Hello,

    Please go ahead and post screenshots showing what it has in the command prompt for this to see if anything stands out.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...en-forums.html
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  3.    07 Oct 2015 #3

    Here are two snips.

    Darn it, the snips did not attach ... working on it. lol

    The first one is against the folder and the second is against the file, in the folder.

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  4. Posts : 22,143
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       07 Oct 2015 #4

    Interesting. I must admit that I'm not sure why it skipped scanning the file when you scanned the folder.

    As long as it's clear when you scan the file, it's fine though.
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  5.    07 Oct 2015 #5

    Look again at the second snip. That was against the .exe file...which it skipped. So, if it reports that it skipped scanning the .exe, then doesn't that mean that it did NOT scan the .exe?
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  6. Posts : 22,143
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    Thread Starter
       07 Oct 2015 #6

    Correct. Skipped means that it didn't scan the file for whatever reason when you scanned the folder.

    The first screenshot where you did scan the file showed no threats though.
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  7.    07 Oct 2015 #7

    I have tried scanning all sorts of files and get the 'skipped' message each time. By your comment, you think that because scanning the folder a file is in results in no threat found, that it has scanned the file inside. To be 100% sure, one would need to put a known 'nasty' .exe in a folder and 1) scan the folder and 2) scan the exe. If the folder scan was fine and the exe is skipped, then there is a problem. I don't have a 'nasty' exe to test it against. Perhaps you, or someone else, are able to the test?

    I have not run my .exe as I did not download it from where I normally do. It is better to be safe than sorry
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  8. Posts : 22,143
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       07 Oct 2015 #8

    I tested the scanner using a .txt file I created using this below for a safe AV test file. It's meant to trigger a threat, but is safe since it's only a false positive. WD instantly detected it, and I had to be fast to run the context menu scanner on the folder before WD deleted the file. The context menu scanner found the file as a threat.

    Intended use ° EICAR - European Expert Group for IT-Security

    If you like, upload your .exe file in a .zip file, and I'll test to see if it does the same for me.
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  9. Posts : 22,143
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       07 Oct 2015 #9

    I created a new folder with the same name, and move the file to the same location as in your screenshot. Afterwards, I scanned the folder without the file getting skipped.

    As a test, move the folder to your desktop to see if you have the same issue there.
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