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How to Create a Windows Defender Antivirus Shortcut in Windows 10

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Windows Defender Antivirus 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 Antivirus 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.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15055, Windows Defender Antivirus has been removed from the Control Panel and Start menu all apps list.

Windows Defender Antivirus has a new home in the Windows Defender Security Center.

However, the older Windows Defender Antivirus is still available in Windows 10 if you prefer to use it instead of the newer Windows Defender Security Center.

This tutorial will show you how to download or create a Windows Defender Antivirus shortcut in Windows 10.


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


EXAMPLE: Windows Defender Antivirus
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Create Windows Defender Antivirus Shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Create Windows Defender Antivirus Shortcut in Windows 10
To Download a Windows Defender Antivirus Shortcut

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

Windows_Defender_Antivirus_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.





Create Windows Defender Antivirus Shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Create Windows Defender Antivirus Shortcut in Windows 10
To Manually Create a Windows Defender Antivirus 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 (including the quotes) into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

"%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe"

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3. Type Windows Defender Antivirus 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. 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


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