Remove Scan With Microsoft Defender: How to Do It

Quickly make the changes through the Registry

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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Passionate about all elements related to Windows and combined with his innate curiosity, Ivan has delved deep into understanding this operating system, with a specialization in drivers and... read more
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  • Windows 10 now presents a Scan with Microsoft Defender option in the context menu.
  • While it's useful for most, the feature has affected the experience of users who rely on third-party antivirus.
  • Users can easily remove Scan with Microsoft Defender from the context menu with the Registry.
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Every update for Windows 10 brings a lot of good but also some bad changes and additions. And one of the additions is the return of the ability to perform a quick Windows Defender scan of any file from the context menu when you right-click on it.

There’s not much to explain about this addition. You right-click on one or more selected folders and quickly run a Windows Defender scan. This is a nice addition by Microsoft because most effective antivirus programs have a similar scan option.

On the other hand, if you’re not a fan of Windows Defender, you may find this new part of the context menu annoying or unnecessary. So, let’s find out how to remove Scan with Microsoft Defender from the context menu.

How do I remove Scan with Microsoft Defender from context menu?

Use the Registry Editor

  1. Go to Search, type regedit, and open Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the following registry key:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {09A47860-11B0-4DA5-AFA5-26D86198A780}
  3. Right-click on it, and select defender scan context menu regedit

After deleting this registry key, the Windows Defender scan option will disappear from the context menu. But it won’t hurt if you create a backup of the registry, just in case you want to bring it back or something goes wrong. Also, you can even restore the Registry without a backup.

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