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Windows 7: "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" - Add or Remove Context Menu


"Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" - Add or Remove Context Menu

How to Add or Remove "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" from Context Menu in Windows
Published by Brink
02 Sep 2012
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How to Add or Remove "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" from Context Menu in Windows

information   Information
When you have Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) installed, it adds "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" to the context menu of files, folders, and drives by default to make it easier to scan them on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" from the context menu of all users in XP (SP3), Vista, and Windows 7.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


Note   Note
  • You cannot install Microsoft Security Essentials in Windows 8 since the default Windows Defender in Windows 8 is the new Microsoft Security Essentials and used instead. This tutorial will not work in Windows 8.
  • Even if you removed "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" context meu item, Microsoft Security Essentials progam updates may add it back. If it does, you'll just need to remove it again.

EXAMPLE: "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" in Context Menu
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Here's How:

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Add "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" to Context Menu
NOTE: This is the default setting. Microsoft Security Essentials must already be installed for this to work.
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Add_Scan_with_Microsoft_Security_Essentials.reg
download
3. To Remove "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" from Context Menu
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Remove_Scan_with_Microsoft_Security_Essentials.reg
download
4. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

5. Right click on the downloaded .reg file, and click on Merge.

6. When prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK to approve merging the .reg file.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




That's it,
Shawn




02 Sep 2012   #1
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

cool another handy context tool


My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2015   #2
Phil Lloyd

Windows Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 17 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks for the tutorial. It's nice to have that removed. Unfortunately I want it back and merging the "Add Scan With Microsoft Security Essentials" reg file didn't work!
I have also done a couple of other Right-Click mods and wonder if I've somehow messed up.
I had wondered if there was a way to rename "Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials" to "Scan with MSE" at one point, but did not find anything on that before finding this add/remove tutorial. I looked again at the .reg files, and in regedit at the locations for some clue, thinking that maybe i DID see the actual menu title and renamed it, but i don't see anything that would have tempted me, and i am sure i would have backed it up before doing something like that...but my memory is not perfect , and my discipline maybe less so
I don't know much about the registry except to back it up every time I change something, but since this seemed a pretty simple thing i did not do one just before I merged. I do have other backups, but they are older and I guess it's best, if i want to get the menu back, to do a reinstall of MSE?
Any idea of something common which might cause this?

============= SOLVED ===============
I had used SHEXVIEW to disable several things, among them MSE.
I had done this while using REGSHOT to compare what changes were made, but saved the registry backups to other than my normal location!
LESSON: Leave bread crumbs!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2015   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Phil,

Yes, reinstalling MSE to essentially perform a repair install of it should restore the context menu.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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15 Apr 2015   #4
Phil Lloyd

Windows Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 17 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks again, Brink.
This glitch prompted me to find several other things of interest and I've been learning things i hope to never HAVE to do!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2015   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Phil.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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