The Easiest Way to Scan Files for Viruses in Windows 10

Dave LeClair 08-12-2015

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When you download a file off the Internet 10 Great Security Tools You Should Be Using You can never be too careful out there in the wild west that we like to call the Internet, so using free and low cost security tools is a good idea. The following are recommended. Read More , you probably want to make sure it’s secure. Thankfully, Microsoft has made this easier to do with the November Update! In fact, you can quickly scan any file from Explorer with Windows Defender How to Use Windows Defender Malware Protection on Windows 10 Like any Windows operating system, Windows 10 is open to abuse and vulnerable to online threats. Security software is mandatory. Windows Defender is a good place to start and we guide you through the setup. Read More with just a couple of clicks of your mouse.


First thing’s first: you’ll need to open Windows Explorer and go to the file or folder you want to scan. From there, just right-click it to launch the context menu, and then click the Scan with Windows Defender option that pops open. Windows Defender will launch right away and scan the file to make sure it’s not malicious.

Of course, you should make sure your virus definitions are up to date, else it might miss some of the latest viruses when you run a scan.

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  1. Anonymous
    December 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I use Defender (along with another free antivirus software) mainly because it’s built-in and it won’t harass you with pop-ups and requests for money, and is lighter than some competing antivirus solutions.

    I admit that it's not as "robust" in detecting as others (Avast, AVG, Panda, etc) but if it's employed with good security habits and a touch of common sense, overall it doesn’t provide bad protection.

    If you use/download a lot of "3rd party" software or visit pirated/questionable sites I would suggest another instead of or at least along with Defender. All-in-all, it's light, not overly obtrusive and stays out of your way...