Set Windows 8 Defender to Scan Removable Drives

Windows 8 includes real-time malware and virus protection in Windows Defender. Malware comes on removable drives too. Here’s how to set it to scan them.

Windows 8 comes with a built-in security program called Windows Defender. It combines real-time spyware and antivirus protection in one program. In Windows 7 Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials were separate. 

Defender does a great job providing protection while online and downloading files. But viruses and other types of malware can get on your system via removable drives as well. Here’s how to make Windows Defender scan those drives during full system scans.

From the Start screen type: defender and click the Windows Defender icon under the search results.

Windows Defender

Now select the Settings tab, Advanced and check Scan Removable Drives. Then make sure to click the Save Changes button.

Defender Advanced Settings

Now when Windows Defender performs a scheduled or manual scan, it will check USB Flash drives too.

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  1. Mandy

    November 23, 2015 at 12:25 am


    How do I set it up so that as soon as I plug in a flash drive it scans it automatically before it can be used. I have set up as above – it doesn’t apply to autoscan when plugged into my pc. I work with a lot of peoples flash drives and would like to do it automatically instead of doing it manually every time.

    Thank you kindly

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