Windows Security (formerly Defender) is Windows 11’s built-in antivirus utility. Although many users install third-party antivirus alternatives, Windows Security offers plenty of virus protection. Windows Security includes quick and full scanning options that detect and block viruses when selected.
Although Windows Security performs occasional automated scans, users still need to manually launch its antivirus scans. Therefore, it is a good idea to set up at least one Windows security shortcut that provides more direct access to antivirus scan options. How To Set Up Four Different Windows Security Scan Shortcuts In Microsoft’s Latest Desktop OS.
How To Set Up A Quick Scan Desktop Shortcut
The Quick scan The option in Windows Security applies a faster but less complete antivirus scan of folders. Instead of manually opening Windows Security to select that option, you can set up a desktop shortcut that launches a quick scan when selected. How To Add Quick Antivirus Scans Shortcut To Windows 11 Desktop.
- Right-click somewhere on the desktop wallpaper to open and select the context menu New.
- Then select Shortcut From the secondary menu.
- Enter the following text in the Location box: “% ProgramFiles% \ Windows Defender \ MpCmdRun.exe” -Scan -ScanType 1.
- Click Next To bring up a text box named Shortcut.
- Input Quick scan Within the text box.
- Select Finish Option to add a quick scan shortcut to your desktop area.
Go ahead and double-click the Quick Scan shortcut to try it out. When you start a scan with a shortcut you will see the MpCmdRun.exe window open. After the scan is completed, a short notification informs you of the scan result on the system tray clock.
The shortcut contains the shield icon by default. You can select the alternate shield icon by right-clicking and selecting the Quick Scan shortcut Properties > Change Icon. Model % ProgramFiles% \ Windows Defender \ EppManifest.dll In the Look box for icons, and click All right Button. Then select a different shield and click All rightAnd select Apply.
Alternatively, you can set a shortcut to run a full scan. To do that, enter “% ProgramFiles% \ Windows Defender \ MpCmdRun.exe” -Scan -ScanType 2 In the Location box of the Create Shortcut window. Input Full Scan The title of the shortcut is in the text box named.
How to set up a quick scan hotkey
You can turn a quick scan desktop shortcut into a keyboard hotkey. You will then be able to trigger quick antivirus scans by pressing a Ctrl + Alt Key combination. You can set up a hotkey for your antivirus scan shortcut:
- Add a quick scan shortcut to the desktop as described in the previous method.
- Click and select your Quick Scan Desktop Shortcut with the right mouse button Properties.
- Next, you need to click inside the shortcut key box.
- Press S (For scan) key.
- Select Apply To save a new one Ctrl + Alt + S Keyboard shortcut.
- Click All right To close.
Stress Ctrl + Alt + S hotkey now launches a quick Windows security antivirus scan. However, don’t delete a quick scan shortcut. For this you need to put that shortcut on the desktop Ctrl + Alt + S Key combination to work with.
How to Set Up a Virus and Threat Protection (Quick Scan) Tab Shortcut
Scanning options for Windows Security are included on it Virus and threat protection Tab. From there, you can select Quick, Custom and Full Scan options. Setting the shortcut for that tab allows you to access its options more directly from the desktop of Windows 11. You can add a Virus and threat protection Tab shortcut for desktop.
- Open the Create Shortcut window by right-clicking and selecting Desktop New And Shortcut.
- Enter % windir% \ explorer.exe windowsdefender: // threat In the Location box, and click Next In the Create Shortcut window.
- Input Virus and threat protection In the naming box.
- Click Finish To add a new tab shortcut.
Now you can click Virus and threat protection Bring up a tab shortcut on your desktop Quick scan Button as in the snapshot directly below. You can click there Scan Options to view all scanning settings. Press Scan now Button to start the selected scanning.
The Virus and threat protection The tab shortcut does not contain the Windows Security Shield icon by default. However, you can add one to it as described for the QuickScan shortcut. You can also apply a hotkey for that shortcut to be included in the second method.
How to set up a virus and threat protection context menu shortcut
The desktop context menu for Windows 11 includes all kinds of additional shortcuts for software and built-in devices. You can add a shortcut to open it Virus and threat protection Tab the classic context menu with the freeware Winero Tweaker. With that software, you can add 11 Windows Security tab shortcuts to the right-click menu:
- Open the download page on the Winero Tweaker website.
- Click Download Winero Tweaker A link is available on that site.
- Next, you need to open File Explorer Windows Key + E) And your downloads folder containing the ZIP archive for Winaero Tweaker.
- Right-click and click winaerotweaker.zip Get it all out Option for that archive.
- If the Show the extracted files when complete The setting is not selected, click the checkbox for that option.
- Select Extract To bring up the Winero Tweaker folder.
- To install Winero Tweaker, double-click its setup file and select Winerotweeker-220.127.116.11-setup.x. Then select the various setup options in the Winero Tweaker Setup Wizard, and click Preferred Install Button.
- After installing the software, select Run Winero Tweaker in the Setup Wizard.
- Click Finish To close the Setup Wizard and launch the Winero Tweaker.
- Double-click the context menu in the navigation sidebar of Winero Tweaker.
- Select Winero Security To open the setting shown directly below.
- Then click Add the Windows Security submenu to the desktop context menu Checkbox to select it.
Now you can open virus and threat protection Windows Security Tab with 10 others from the context menu. Right-click and select Windows 11 Desktop Background Show more Options to bring up the classic context menu. Move the cursor Windows Security To view the submenu shown below. There you can choose Virus and threat protection To open that tab Quick scan Button.
Make Windows Security’s scanning options more accessible
So, how can you set up convenient desktop, keyboard and context menu shortcuts for antivirus scanning of Windows Security. You can quickly start antivirus scans by setting up Quick Scan Desktop or Keyboard Shortcut. Alternatively, add A Virus and threat protection Tab shortcut to the desktop or context menu to give you more direct access to all Windows security scanning options.