Add ‘Scan With Windows Defender’ To Windows 8’s Right-Click Menu

Microsoft’s free antivirus comes built into Windows 8 as Windows Defender, but it doesn’t have an option to scan individual files by right-clicking on them. Our friends at the How-To Geek show us how to add it (or any other program) to your context menu.

The easiest way to do this is to just run a .reg file, which you can grab from the How-To Geek here. Then, just right-click on a folder in Windows Explorer and choose “Scan with Windows Defender” to scan it for malware.

However, if you want to add it yourself manually — or if you want to add a different program to the context menu — the folks at How-To Geek show you how to do that from the registry too. Hit the link to see how it’s done.

How to Add “Scan with Windows Defender” to the Context Menu in Windows 8 [How-To Geek]

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