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How to Create a Windows Defender Settings shortcut in Windows 10

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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.

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You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change Windows Defender 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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Windows Defender Settings shortcut - Create in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Windows Defender Settings shortcut - Create 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

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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.








Windows Defender Settings shortcut - Create in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Windows Defender Settings shortcut - Create 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