By default, Windows Defender hums along in the background, scanning your PC in real-time to protect you from viruses and malware. But if you have a mounted network drive, Defender will try to scan that, too, potentially clogging up your local network and hogging your NAS device’s resources. Here’s how to tell Windows Defender to ignore your NAS and instead focus on monitoring your PC’s local drives only.
The latest builds of Windows 10 introduce the ability to quickly scan an individual file or folder with Windows Defender. Here’s how it works.