WIndows 8 comes with a built in antivirus solution. Which is basically Windows Defender. But there is no way to scan folders or files “on-demand”.


But AtA is always looking out and here is a small workaround that will get you on the right track.


To open the GUI hit up the following location via My Computer:

C:\Program Files\Windows Defender

Then open:


We also saw that you can add a batch file to your sendto folder to allow you to do context menu scanning as seen here:

  1. Hit start –> Run
  2. Type:
  3. Download this file from the HowToGeek, unzip its contents and throw them in the folder that opened.
  4. That’s it! You now have a right click option called Scan. Give it a shot.