Windows 10 comes with a free built-in antivirus program called Windows Defender that offers real-time protection and the ability to performs scans of your computer.
It also allows you to perform a Custom scan that lets you specify the specific folder or drive you would like to scan for malware. As you only need to scan that one folder, the scan time will be much quicker than scanning an entire machine.
Below we have provided two methods that you can use to perform a custom scan of a particular folder.
If you wish to scan a single folder, and its subfolders, the easiest method is to just right-click on the folder and select “Scan with Windows Defender” as show below.
Once you select Scan with Windows Defender…, Windows Defender will launch and scan all the files in the folder and its sunfolders.
If it finds malware, it will alert you as shown below.
You should now click on the Start actions button to quarantine the file and make it inaccessible.
When done, Windows Security will give you a summary as shown below.
You can now close Windows Security.
The other method is to use the Windows Defender interface to perform a Custom scan of a selected folder. To do this, please follow these steps:
After reviewing the summary, you can close the window.
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