You can scan disks, folders, and files for harmful files and unwanted applications in Windows Explorer.
If you are suspicious of certain files on your computer, you can scan only those files or folders. These scans will finish a lot quicker than a scan of your whole computer. For example, when you connect an external hard drive or USB flash drive to your computer, you can scan it to make sure that they do not contain any harmful files.
To scan a disk, folder, or file:
- Right-click the disk, folder, or file you want to scan.
- From the right-click menu, select Scan for viruses.
The virus scan starts and scans the disk, folder, or file that you selected.
The virus scan guides you through the cleaning stages if it finds harmful files or unwanted applications during the scan.