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    If I install SuperAntiSpyware it removes Microsoft Defender from the File Explorer context menu. Also the [Check for protection updates] is removed from the taskbar icon menu.

    I hate that, though I’d like to keep SuperAntiSpyware in easy reach.

    I want to keep Microsoft Defender scanning selected folders/files on demand. Yes, through Settings I can achieve that, but it’s too much of a hassle. I want it in the context menu, less clicking.

    Is there a way to restore easy access to the Microsoft Defender functions in the File Explorer context menu and the taskbar icon menu, without uninstalling SuperAntiSpyware?


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    • #2403566

      https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6120-add-remove-microsoft-defender-antivirus-context-menu-windows-10-a.html

      Above shows How to Add / Delete Defender from Context menu – in Win 10. I think you moved to – Win 11 – but with an Image(s) maybe you’d want to try this IF nothing else is offered.

      W10 Pro 21H2 / Hm-Stdnt Ofce '16 C2R / HP Envy Desktop-Ethernet/ 12 GB / 256G SSD + 1 TB HDD / GP=2 + FtrU=Semi-Annual + Feature Defer = 1 + QU=0

      • #2403684

        … shows How to Add / Delete Defender from Context menu – in Win 10

        Sorry, forgot to mention that I shall remain in Windows 10.

        Thanks for your suggestion, but unfortunately the link you gave me, nor the other links on that page promise the result I’m hoping for. You handed me a solution for the desktop, while I want to tweak the context menu in File Explorer.

        Another link specifically states:

        If you have a 3rd party AV program installed, the Scan with Microsoft Defender context menu will be disabled by default until the 3rd party AV program is uninstalled.


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      --Joe

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      0. Started with Windows 10 Home 64bit 21H2 19044.1348

      1. After installing Superantispyware (SAS) Free version 10.0.1238, the Microsoft Defender (MDef) file/folder scan item was removed from the context menu. I emphatically hated that.

      2. SAS UNinstalled, the MDef context menu item returned. Good, no image restore needed.

      3. Through my admin account I re-installed the exact same SAS Free version 10.0.1238.
      I let it run a scan as explained by Deanna McElveen in her article https://www.askwoody.com/newsletter/freeware-spotlight-preparing-your-pc-for-windows-11/#best-utilities . Immediately after SAS was done, I went into its Preferences and disabled all start-ups and automatic what-have-youse that I could find, except for allowing “Enable right-click file options in [File] Explorer”.

      4. Well, this gave me a very pleasant susprise (Oh yes, they do happen, sporadically). No tweaks and/or registry hacks needed any more. Thank the Gods and Gates of Olympus.

      I now have 4 security SCANNERS and 2 SHIELDS all tolerating and respecting each other. See the screenshot.

      It’s now:

      • 4 on-demand scanners: MDef, Malwarebytes, SAS and Avast Free Antivirus.
      • 2 permanently active shields: MDef and Malwarebytes.

      SAS_and_MDef

      And I can run any folder/file scanner without first shutting down any of the other 3. Also as a bonus on top of all that I now have a very powerful bouncer in SAS, its SUPERdelete File Removal.

      This nicely fulfills my initial request. Thanks guys for encouraging me to try things.
      All’s well that ends well.

      P.S. I won’t even try to install 11. My computer has all the requirements, except no TPM whatsoever and no UEFI. (and I also think 11 will flop like Me and 8.)


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