How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10  

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10

    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Security System
    06 Jul 2020
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10


    Starting with Windows 10 version 2004, Windows Defender Offline as been renamed to Microsoft Defender Offline.

    Microsoft Defender Offline is an antimalware scanning tool that lets you boot and run a scan from a trusted environment. The scan runs from outside the normal Windows kernel so it can target malware that attempts to bypass the Windows shell, such as viruses and rootkits that infect or overwrite the master boot record (MBR).

    You can use Microsoft Defender Offline if you suspect a malware infection, or you want to confirm a thorough clean of the endpoint after a malware outbreak.

    This tutorial will show you how to download or create a Microsoft Defender Offline scan shortcut to manually run an offline scan of your PC in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to scan offline with Microsoft Defender Offline.

    When you run the Microsoft Defender Offline scan shortcut, you will be prompted by UAC to approve, and your computer will automatically restart to perform the offline scan with Microsoft Defender Offline.



    Contents

    • Option One: To Download a Microsoft Defender Offline scan Shortcut
    • Option Two: To Manually Create a Microsoft Defender Offline scan Shortcut



    EXAMPLE: Microsoft Defender Offline scan
    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10-windows_defender_offline_scan-1.png
    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10-windows_defender_offline_scan-2.png
    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10-windows_defender_offline_scan-8.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    To Download a Microsoft Defender Offline scan Shortcut


    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file below.

    Microsoft_Defender_Offline_scan_shortcut.zip

    Download

    2 Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3 Unblock the .zip file.

    4 Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

    5 If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    6 When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Manually Create a Microsoft Defender Offline scan Shortcut


    1 Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

    2 Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    PowerShell.exe Start-Process PowerShell -Verb RunAs Start-MpWDOScan

    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-1.png

    3 Type Microsoft Defender Offline scan for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)

    You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-2.png

    4 Right click or press and hold on the new Microsoft Defender Offline scan shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

    5 Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut3.png

    6 In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\EppManifest.dll

    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut4.png

    7 Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)

    You could use any icon that you would like instead though.


    8 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

    9 If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 26,820
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #1

    Here is an icon I made for the Offline Scan(I was in the process of making a shortcut myself, but you beat me to it Shawn):
      My Computers


  2. Posts : 64,536
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Nice icon Cliff. Thank you for sharing. :)
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 26,820
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #3

    Brink said:
    Nice icon Cliff. Thank you for sharing. :)
    Thanks Shawn, that with the circle is suppose to be a virus in crosshairs, but somehow the crosshairs got smudged when I antialiased the finished icon

    In case someone wants to know how it looks on the desktop with a wallpaper:
    How to Create a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan shortcut in Windows 10-image-001.png
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 26,820
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #4

    So I just ran it on my desktop(10586.122) and it ran through like a charm:)
    Of course it found nothing(I only download from Developers sites/link and Major Geeks if I must, and I'm protected with MBAE), but it ran.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 64,536
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #5

      My Computers


  6. Posts : 26,820
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #6

    Shawn, it worked om my Pro desktop, but it's not on my Home laptop.
    I have 2 questions:
    1.) Could it be the Home or Pro version?

    2.) Or could it be the Set-ExecutionPolicey? I have use PowerShell on my desktop already, but not on my laptop.
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 64,536
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Try the shortcut again. I've noticed that if the offline scan has never been ran before, the shortcut may not work until the second time.
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 26,820
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #8

    I have already tried a whole bunch of times. I even tried rebooting, and trying again. All the happen is command prompt open, ask for permission, I give it, then Administrator PowerShell opens for a bit with the underline cursor in the top left(no text), then it closes. After that nothing
      My Computers


  9. Posts : 26,820
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #9

    A registry key that might be worth looking at tomorrow on my laptop.
    This is from my Event Viewer log on my desktop:
    Code:
    + System
    - Provider
    [ Name] Microsoft-Windows-Windows Defender
    [ Guid] {11CD958A-C507-4EF3-B3F2-5FD9DFBD2C78}
    EventID 5007
    Version 0
    Level 4
    Task 0
    Opcode 0
    Keywords 0x8000000000000000
    - TimeCreated
    [ SystemTime] 2016-03-02T15:56:55.030191000Z
    EventRecordID 995
    Correlation
    - Execution
    [ ProcessID] 2268
    [ ThreadID] 5276
    Channel Microsoft-Windows-Windows Defender/Operational
    Computer Desktop-Tower
    - Security
    [ UserID] S-1-5-18
    - EventData
    Product Name %%827
    Product Version 4.9.10586.0
    Old Value N/A\Scan\OfflineScanRun =
    New Value HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Scan\OfflineScanRun = 0x0
      My Computers


 

  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:50.
Find Us




Windows 10 Forums