Windows 8 – Set Windows Defender to scan Removable Drives Automatically

Windows 8 includes many features as compared to its earlier version of OS. First is the start screen that is a replacement for start menu. The Lock screen that appears when you hit Windows key + L, this locks the screen. The Windows App store, in-built antivirus and defender program called Windows Defender. This built-in feature scans the system and prevents PC from Malware attack. Here in this tutorial we will be discussing about how you can use the Windows built-in Antivirus Scanner to Scan Removable Drives for Malware.Set Windows Defender to scan Removable Drives Automatically Unlike the earlier version of Windows OS, Windows 8 includes in-built antivirus and defender program called Windows Defender. So you no longer need to install any additional Antivirus. Here we will be discussing about how you can Scan Removable Drives for Malware and protect your PC.

By default, when you put in removable USB drives in Windows 8, it doesn’t start scanning by its own. But, you can make Windows Defender scan those drives by making some changes in the settings.

Steps to Scan External Drives with built-in Windows Defender

  • Firstly, open Windows Defender. To do so, type its name into the Start Screen. The icon looks like a wall of gray stones
  • Click on it to open it up and you will be taken to this menu screen

scan removable drives for malware with windows 8 built-antivirus-scanner

  • Under Menu screen, click on the Settings tab

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  • Next, click on Advanced tab
  • When the Advanced window opens, check the box that says Scan Removable Drives

select scan removable drives

  • Finally, click Save Changes.

That’s all. Now onwards when you run a full scan with a removable device plugged in the system, that device will be scanned as well along with all the entire system.

Upon following the steps described above you can now easily scan removable drives for Malware with Windows 8′s Built-In Antivirus Scanner Windows defender.

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