Steps to create shortcuts to start a Windows Defender scan on Windows 10

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For years, Windows Defender has proven to be an effective security tool that is capable of keeping your PC free of all types of malware threats that may harm your device. In this how to, we will be presenting to you how to create different shortcuts using certain commands to Windows Defender tasks on Windows 10, plus how to quickly scan Downloads folder for malware. Have a look.

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Steps to create a shortcut to run a full scan using Windows Defender

Step 1: Right-click on your desktop, choose New from the context menu, and then choose Shortcut.

Step 2: Paste the following commands into the location of the item field, and then click on Next.

“%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe” -Scan -ScanType 2

You can use the following command to run a full scan while launching the Windows Defender interface:

“%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe” -FullScan

or the following one to do a full scan with the Windows Defender interface minimized:

“%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe” -FullScan -Hide

Step 3: Type a name for the shortcut, and then click on Finish to create it.

Step 4: Right-click on the shortcut you just created and then chose Properties.

Step 5: Click on the Change icon button, enter the following path and then hit Enter:

 %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe

Step 6: Click on the Windows Defender icon > OK.

Step 7: Click on Apply > OK.

Once you are all done, double-click the shortcut to run a full scan using Windows Defender.

Steps to create a shortcut to run a quick scan using Windows Defender

Step 1: Right-click on your desktop, choose New from the context menu, and then choose Shortcut.

Step 2: Paste the following commands into the location of the item field, and then click on Next.

“%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe” -Scan -ScanType 1

You can use the following command to run a quick scan while launching the Windows Defender interface:

“%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe” -QuickScan

or the following one to do a quick scan with the Windows Defender interface minimized:

“%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe” -QuickScan -Hide

Step 3: Type a name for the shortcut, and then click on Finish to create it.

Step 4: Right-click on the shortcut you just created and then chose Properties.

Step 5: Click on the Change Icon button, enter the following path and then hit Enter:

%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe

Step 6: Click on the Windows Defender icon > OK.

Step 7: Click on Apply > OK.

Once you are all done, double-click the shortcut to run a quick scan using Windows Defender.

Steps to quickly scan Downloads folder for malware

Step 1: Launch Notepad.

Step 2: Paste the following commands into it.

“%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe” -Scan -ScanType 3 -File %userprofile%\Downloads

@pause

Step 3: Click on File > Save as.

Step 5: Choose a descriptive name, and append the .bat file extension.

Once done, double-click the .bat file to quickly scan Downloads folder for malware.

If the scan return code is 0, there’s no malware, or it was successfully removed. And if the scan returns code is 1, there’s a malware, and it couldn’t be removed.

That’s all about creating shortcuts to start a Windows Defender scan on Windows 10. Got any questions? Let us know by commenting below.

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