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    Default How to scan a file in Windows 8

    Hello everyone,

    I am using Windows 7 and would like to buy Windows 8. But I am wondering how to scan a file in Windows 8. In Windows 7 you could right click on the file and scan the file with security essentials. I looked on the internet and it says to open defender to scan the file that way. Why did Microsoft take out the option to scan files and folders when you right click on it. So I am hesitated to buy windows 8.

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    Default Re: How to scan a file in Windows 8

    I am using AVG 2013 AV free, and I still have the Right Click Scan with option. I suspect WD does as well (MSE no longer works with Win 8. Win 8 comes with an upgraded version renamed Windows Defender). I believe I did have those options during the beta testing using WD.

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    Default Re: How to scan a file in Windows 8

    Hello Roxa, here is a way:

    Create a .cmd file in an easily accessible folder, for example MpScan.cmd, containing:

    "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe" -Scan -ScanType 3 -File %1

    Create a shortcut to this .cmd file on the Desktop

    When you want to virus check a file just drag and drop it over the shortcut icon just created

    A Command box will appear, scan is performed and reported, and the PAUSE command stops the command box disappearing before result can be read.
    Press Enter to continue

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