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    Scan with Windows Defender - Add in Windows 8

    Scan with Windows Defender - Add in Windows 8
    How to Add "Scan with Windows Defender" for Files and Folders in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    17 Dec 2012
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    How to Add "Scan with Windows Defender" for Files and Folders in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to add "Scan with Windows Defender" to the context menu for you to be able to scan any file or folder in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    Note   Note
    When added, you will be able to right click or press and hold on any file or folder, then either click/tap on Send to and/or Scan with Windows Defender to scan it.

    This will open a command prompt showing you the scan results, then you can press any key to close the command prompt.

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    EXAMPLE: "Scan with Windows Defender" in Context Menu in Windows 8

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    EXAMPLE: "Scan with Windows Defender" in "Send to" Context Menu in Windows 8

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    Scan with Windows Defender - Add in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Scan with Windows Defender - Add in Windows 8
    Add or Remove "Scan with Windows Defender" Context Menu

    Note   Note
    This option will add the context menu to all users.

    While you must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove the context menu, all users will be able to use it.

    You will be able to scan files, folders, and drives with this option.

    The "Scan with Windows Defender" option will not work on a library, Recycle Bin, and Network even though they have the context menu.


    Thank you to plutomaniac for providing this option.


    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Remove "Scan with Windows Defender" from Context Menu
    NOTE: This is the default setting. It will remove both step 3 and 4 below.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Remove_Scan_with_Windows_Defender__Context_Menu.reg

    download

    3. To Add "Scan with Windows Defender" to Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Add_Scan_with_Windows_Defender__Context_Menu.reg


    download

    4. Add Update Windows Defender and "Scan with Windows Defender" to Context Menu


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Add_Update_and_Scan_with_Windows_Defender_Context_Menu.reg


    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

    7. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    Scan with Windows Defender - Add in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Scan with Windows Defender - Add in Windows 8
    Add or Remove "Scan with Windows Defender" Send to Context Menu

    Note   Note
    This option will only add this to your user account, and not all users.



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

    Scan with Windows Defender.bat



    download


    2. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and unblock it.

    3. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog.

    4. Type shell:sendto, and press Enter.

    5. Move the Scan with Windows Defender.bat file into the SendTo folder, and close the SendTo folder. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version


    Tip   Tip
    To remove "Scan with Windows Defender" in "Send to", you would just need to delete the Scan with Windows Defender.bat file in the SendTo folder.


    If you like, you could keep the .bat file saved at another location, and create a shortcut to place in the SendTo folder instead. This way you could change the icon to what you like, and not have the file extension show if set to do so. The Windows Defender icon is located in the "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" file.




    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Sweet, thanks Shawn

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    Glad you like it.
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    Thank you Shawn!

    I came directly form here after I got the news:
    Windows Defender Cascading Desktop Context Menu - Create in Windows 8

    Great work.
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    You're welcome. Thank you.
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    Wow thank you again this is awesome stuff
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    You're most welcome Tony.
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    Would it be possible to add this to top level instead of the SendTo menu?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    Would it be possible to add this to top level instead of the SendTo menu?
    Hello LovingWindows,

    Yes, but you would only be able to scan folders and not files at that location. Using the SendTo menu was the only way to be able to scan anything.

    Did you still want one? If so, I'll be happy to post it for you.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Security Essentials and Defender look pretty much identical.

    But I wonder why is this missing in Defender:
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    In screenshot: right click scan on Win7 (MS Security Essentials).

    The send-to version form this tutorial is the closest match we have right now.

    Is the shell entry of Security Essentials somewhere in the registry (of for example Win7) located?
    Just to see what it uses and, if possible, to add to Defender.

    This is just a thought but might be impossible because the SE scan uses the GUI and as we seen, Defender manual entry's scans use the command line. They are lookalikes in the interface but deep inside probably not.
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