Creating animated GIFs from screenshots

 Windows  Comments Off on Creating animated GIFs from screenshots
Nov 282015
 

I have posted two animated GIFs lately to show features of GExperts or the popup menu entry for Windows Defender.

These GIFs were created using ScreenToGif which is an open source tool written by Nike S. Manarin. One feature of it that I particularly like is that it is a "Portable App", that is, it works without needing an installer.

Now, I’m wondering if I could demonstrate its capabilities by recording a screen video of recording a screen video.

And would you believe it? It’s possible!

ScreenToGif-of-ScreenToGif

(Click on the picture to open it full size and animated.)

 Posted by on 2015-11-28 at 17:07

Add a “Scan with Windows Defender” context menu to any folder or file

 Windows, Windows 8.1  Comments Off on Add a “Scan with Windows Defender” context menu to any folder or file
Nov 282015
 

Windows Defender is the virus scan tool that is included with Windows 8 and later. While it provides basic security it does not have any of the convenience functions that other virus scanners have. In particular I miss a context menu option to scan a file or folder.

ScanWithWindowsDefenderMenu

So I turned to Google and found How to add the Windows defender into Windows Explorer’s right click menu on SuperUser and How to Add Any Application Shortcut to Windows Explorer’s Context Menu on How-To Geek. Both go through great length with pictures and text to describe how to do it, but basically a simple .reg file would have been sufficient.

To add a "Scan file with Windows Defender" entry for all files, you need this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\WindowsDefender]
"Icon"="%ProgramFiles%\\\\Windows Defender\\\\EppManifest.dll"
"MUIVerb"="Scan with Windows Defender"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\WindowsDefender\Command]
@="\"c:\\Program Files\\Windows Defender\\MpCmdRun.exe\"  -scan -scantype 3 -SignatureUpdate -file %1"

(download link)

And for a "Scan folder with Windows Defender" entry for each folder, you need this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\WindowsDefender]
"Icon"="%ProgramFiles%\\\\Windows Defender\\\\EppManifest.dll"
"MUIVerb"="Scan folder with Windows Defender"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\WindowsDefender\Command]
@="\"c:\\Program Files\\Windows Defender\\MpCmdRun.exe\"  -scan -scantype 3 -SignatureUpdate -file %1"

(download link)

Both open a console window for the console version of Windows Defender to run. That’s a bit ugly but we aren’t in this for a design award, are we?

To add these files to the registry just double click them. Windows will warn you about possible threads. It’s a good idea to read through files like these before double clicking. Maybe I am just trying to hack your computer? 😉

It works for me on Windows 8.1, but it should also work on other Windows versions like 10.

 Posted by on 2015-11-28 at 16:34