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Scanning files/folders with Windows Defender

  1. #1

    Scanning files/folders with Windows Defender


    Hey,

    I wonder if anyone can try and help me. I would like to basically do this to my Windows 8: Add Scan With Windows Defender To Windows 8 Context Menu as I feel it's a feature that is missing from Windows Defender when they had it in MSE in Windows 7. I've tried doing that but it doesn't seem to work so I am guessing it doesn't work on the latest version/build of 8.

    Anyone got any ideas or know how to get it to work?

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  2. #2


    India
    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1 Pro (32 bit)


    Same here. Because this feature is missing I had a very bad today!
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  3. #3


    Here ya go
    Scanning files/folders with Windows Defender Attached Files
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by kipper View Post
    Here ya go
    Yeah tried that but when you want to scan a file or a folder you then get this error:

    "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
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  5. #5


    Well, you would need the permission to edit/add new registry.

    Try this: (scroll to Option Three: To Take Ownership of a Registry Key in Advanced Properties)
    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIL3NTKOD3R View Post
    Well, you would need the permission to edit/add new registry.

    Try this: (scroll to Option Three: To Take Ownership of a Registry Key in Advanced Properties)
    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8
    I get that error after doing the registry work. When I go right click a folder then choose "Scan with Windows Defender" - The message appears then.
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  7. #7


    Can you write down the message here? or post a screenshot?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I can confirm this works if you do it like this

    1. Install the TAKE OWNERSHIP reg entry first
    2. right-click on the reg entry for SCANNER and choose 'Take Ownership'
    3. double-click on the SCANNER reg entry after owning it and now the context menu scanner works

    mind its a CMD Prompt scan...the GUI doesnt open, still its great - thanks for the share

    personally I think Defender is a massive resource hog compared to other AV's - I see it spiking to 50-60% CPU at times and folders are very slow to populate...
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    Posts : 87
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I have exactly this problem .
    I tried to solve it . , But could not.

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    Training in the use of the site .. Unfortunately I do not .
    Is there any other way ?

    I did all the steps but I can not confirm .

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  10. #10


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    I downloaded this,

    http://www.howtogeek.com/137083/how-...-in-windows-8/

    It worked great! There is also a uninstall option in the Zip, if you want to revert back.
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