How to scan a file or folder with Windows Defender on Windows 10

Windows Defender always has protection; each time a new file is downloaded or copied, or saved to your system, Windows Defender scans it immediately. That’s why, when you download a file, the anti-virus will be able to warn you immediately if it’s malicious and quarantined immediately.

Some users do not like that Windows Defender is always on and tend to disable its Real Time Protection feature. This only makes sense if you have another antivirus installed on your system.

Scan a file or folder with Windows Defender

The real-time protection of Windows Defender on or off depends on a user but in any case, users can scan a single file or folder, or their entire system whenever they want .

1. Scan select items

To scan a single file or folder, or multiple items, they should all be in one place. If they do not exist, you will need to scan them separately.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the file or folder you want to scan and Windows Defender.
  3. Choose everything you want to scan.
  4. Right click one chosen thing.
  5. Select ‘Scan with Microsoft Defender’ from the context menu.

  1. The items are scanned.
  2. When the scan is complete, Windows Defender will open and show scan results.

2. Run a normal scan

Another way to scan selected files and folders with Windows Defender is to run the scan directly from within the app.

  1. Open Windows Defender.
  2. go to Virus & threat protection.
  3. Click Scan options.
  4. Choose Custom scan.
  5. Click Scan now.
  6. Select the folder you want to scan (this will not work for individual files).
  7. Let the scan to be completed.

3. Run a full system scan

If Windows Defender is enabled on your system, it will run periodic scans on the entire system. These scans usually run when you are not using your system. That said, you can run a scan whenever you want.

  1. Open Windows Defender.
  2. go to Virus & threat protection.
  3. Click on the ‘Quick Scan’ button if you want to run a quick scan.
  4. Click Scan options if you want to run a deeper scan.
  5. Select the scan type you want to run.
  6. Click Scan.
  7. Let the scan finish.

Conclusion

Windows Defender scans your system at least once a week. The scan will be a full system scan. However, if you always shut down your system when you are not using it, then Windows Defender may not be able to run its scan. In that case, it is a good idea to scan the entire system manually.

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