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    Create Windows Defender Settings shortcut in Windows 10

    Create Windows Defender Settings shortcut in Windows 10

    How to Create a Windows Defender Settings shortcut in Windows 10
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    26 Mar 2017
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    How to Create a Windows Defender Settings shortcut 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 create or download a Windows Defender Settings shortcut that opens directly to Windows Defender settings in the Settings app in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change Windows Defender settings.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15046, all Windows Defender settings are now in the Windows Defender Security Center instead of in Settings.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Download a Windows Defender Settings Shortcut
    • Option Two: To Manually Create a Windows Defender Settings Shortcut



    EXAMPLE: Windows Defender settings in Settings
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    Create Windows Defender Settings shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Create Windows Defender Settings shortcut in Windows 10
    To Download a Windows Defender Settings Shortcut

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

    Windows_Defender_settings_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.








    Create Windows Defender Settings shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Create Windows Defender Settings shortcut in Windows 10
    To Manually Create a Windows Defender Settings 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)

    explorer ms-settings:windowsdefender

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    3. Type Windows Defender Settings for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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    4. Right click or press and hold on the new Windows Defender Settings shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

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

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    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

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    7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
    NOTE: 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 : 85
    Microsoft Windows 10 x64
       18 Apr 2017 #1

    hello,

    it does not give access to all settings if you are running as a "normal user" even if you launch it "Run as Administrator" because Explorer is already running in normal mode..

    Is there another way to get access to all settings like
    Code:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\runas.exe /user:YOUR-PC-NAME\Administrator /savecred "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe"
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       18 Apr 2017 #2

    Hello D4ni3l,

    What build of Windows 10 are you currently running?

    Find Windows 10 Build Number - Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

    If build 15046 or later, then Windows Defender settings will now be in Windows Defender Security Center instead.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 85
    Microsoft Windows 10 x64
       18 Apr 2017 #3



    Build 14393
    What I get when I use your shortcut (I run as a normal user for safety even I have admin right)
    If I login as Administrator, it work as expected (I have access to all settings)
    I prefer to use "run as administrator" exceptionally
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       18 Apr 2017 #4

    I'm afraid that you must actually be signed into an administrator account to be able to change Windows Defender settings. Using "Run as administrator" will not work.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 85
    Microsoft Windows 10 x64
       19 Apr 2017 #5

    thanks for the reply
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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