November 13, 2015

Remove Windows Defender from context menu

Microsoft released Windows 10 Fall update this week with. It is running very good on my system. But one pet-peeve I have with the update is that it adds a “Scan with Windows Defender” command in context menus of files and folders. Even if you use a third-party antvirus installed and have Defender disabled. Although one can ignore it and move on with their life, my OCD gets…you know…

I have even removed “Play with Windows Media Player” and “Shop online for music” items. (I use foobar2000.)

To remove the Defender menu item.

Either delete the following registry key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {09A47860-11B0-4DA5-AFA5-26D86198A780}

or run the following in elevated Command Prompt:

regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\shellext.dll

…and it will be gone. Poof!