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Published on 02.20.09 by Brent Trahan

Set Windows Defender to Not Scan Removable Drives

Learn how to set Windows Defender to not scan removable drives (flash, USB, or mapped drives for example) in Windows 7.

Don’t Scan Removable Drives

  1. Open Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Windows Defender in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Windows Defender is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select Tools at the top of the Windows Defender window.


  4. Select Options in the settings section of Windows Defender.


  5. Select Advanced.


  6. Uncheck Scan removable drives and then click Save to save the changes.


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