How to Remove Right Click Windows Defender Scan in Windows 10

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November Update for Windows 10 was released last week, and it brought 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 context menu, when you right-click on it.

There’s not much to explain about this addition, you simply right click on the folder, or more selected folders, you want to scan, and it will automatically run Windows Defender. This is a nice addition by Microsoft, though, because almost all bigger antivirus programs have a scan option from the context menu of a folder, and since Microsoft assures you that using Windows Defender is enough to keep your Windows 10 safe, this addition was indeed needed.

On the other hand, if you’re not a fan of Windows Defender, you may, for some reason, find this new part of the context menu annoying or unnecessary. It maybe makes the context menu bigger than it should be, or whichever it is. So if you don’t want this feature, there’s a way to remove it, with a simple registry tweak.

How to Remove Windows Defender Scan Option From The Context Menu

To remove Windows Defender scan from your context menu, do the following:

  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 Deletewindows defender scan context menu regedit

After deleting this registry key, 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 if you want to bring it back, or something goes wrong.

How do you feel about the latest update for Windows 10? Do you think Microsoft did a good job with it, or not? Tell us your opinion in the comments, below.

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