Add Microsoft Defender Options as Cascading Right-Click Menu in Desktop

Here is a registry tweak that adds some Windows Defender options to the Desktop Context menu as a cascading menu so you can quickly run a scan, update, or open Microsoft Defender.

Download, unzip it and run the enclosed REG file.

When you right-click on the desktop, you’ll see a Microsoft Defender menu option with a sub-menu containing open, scan, settings, quick scan, and full scan options.

defender scan options as cascading menu

Registry File Contents

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Ramesh Srinivasan
;Adds Defender cascading menu in Desktop Right-click menu

"Icon"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Defender\\EppManifest.dll"
"Muiverb"="Microsoft Defender"

@="Full Scan"
"Icon"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Defender\\EppManifest.dll"

@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Defender\\MpCmdRun.exe\" -Scan -ScanType 2"

"Icon"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Defender\\EppManifest.dll"

@="explorer.exe windowsdefender://"

@="Quick Scan"
"Icon"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Defender\\EppManifest.dll"

@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Windows Defender\\MpCmdRun.exe\" -Scan -ScanType 1"

"Icon"="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Defender\\EppManifest.dll"

@="explorer.exe windowsdefender://update/"

See also

How to Update Microsoft Defender and Run a Quick Scan in a single click.

Windows Security URL Shortcuts for Each Page (WindowsDefender://)

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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