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How does someone go about changing the options on the short-cut menu that appears when you right click either on the Start button, or on a file in Windows Explorer.  My situation is this, I used to have McAfee Anti-virus on my computer and it put its "Scan for Viruses" shortcut on the shortcut menu.  However, after removing the application properly, it still remains.  The other situation I would like to resolve is I frequently back up a certain file from one hard drive to another and thus would like to be able to right-click in Explorer and say send to... then the tree structure of where I want to send it to.
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by:dankh
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Hi,


    For your first problem, open up regedit and do a search for the text you want to get rid off: "scan for viruses."  Delete that folder/key and reboot.  As for the send to problem, go to MS website and download the tweak Send to X.  This nifty lil program will allow you to modify your send to options.  Do a search at MS for Send To.
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Tomyn,

   Actually, the Send To search won't do much for you.  Go to this URL to learn about this tweak MS gives away:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/contents/powertoys/w95
sendtox/default.asp

Or you can modify what you have currently:


How to Modify the Send To Menu
By default, the Send To menu contains floppy disk drives, mail and fax recipients, and your Briefcase. To add a destination to the Send To menu, add a shortcut to the Windows\SendTo folder. To do so, follow these steps:


Click the Start button, and then click Run.

Type "sendto" (without quotation marks) in the Open box, and then click OK.

Add a shortcut using either of the following methods:


    - Dragging a new shortcut to the folder:


      Use the right mouse button to drag a destination to the SendTo
      folder, and then click Create Shortcut Here on the menu that
      appears.


    - Creating a new shortcut with the Create Shortcut Wizard:


      1. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Shortcut.


      2. Follow the instructions in the Create Shortcut Wizard.

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Tomyn,

     The scan for virus search may not work depending on your version of Virus Scan.  however, you can manually remove all traces of virus scan by removing these keys from the registry:

Edit the Registry:


A. To get to the Registry, type REGEDIT in the Start/Run dialog box and press Enter.
B. In HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, delete the key "VirusScan" from the following:
comfile\\shell\\VirusScan
Directory\\shell\\VirusScan
Drive\\shell\\VirusScan
exefile\\shell\\VirusScan
Excel.Addin\\shell\\VirusScan
Excel.Chart.5\\shell\\VirusScan
Excel.Chart.8\\shell\\VirusScan
Excel.Macrosheet\\shell\\VirusScan
Excel.Sheet.5\\shell\\VirusScan
Excel.Sheet.8\\shell\\VirusScan
Excel.Template\\shell\\VirusScan
Excel.Workspace\\shell\\VirusScan
Excel.XLL\\shell\\VirusScan
WinZip\\shell\\VirusScan
Word.Document.6\\shell\\VirusScan
Word.Document.8\\shell\\VirusScan
Word.Template\\shell\\VirusScan

Delete the key "VSConfigFile"
Delete the key "VSHConfigFile"


C. In HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion, delete the key "ElectronicCommerce".
D. In HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, delete the name "Vshwin32EXE". If you have version 3.1.6 or above, then also delete the name "VSchedule"
E. In HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, delete the name "Vshwin32EXE".
F. In HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall, delete the key "VirusScan".
G. Exit the Registry Editor by choosing the REGISTRY option from the File Menu and selecting the EXIT option.

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Oh great, I am one of 'those people' who sit on an answer for weeks without grading it...sorry. The Scan for Viruses problem is now fixed by using the method as proposed by dankh, however, I still would like a solution to my backup problem.  I think I may have misled people with my question.  I was thinking more along the lines of using Send To with the same capability as Sending it To the A drive in that actually a copy is sent to the A drive.  What I wanted then was the capability to select Send To then I pick a directory from the list which will then send a COPY of the currently selected file to the directory and not actually MOVE the whole file.  

(By the way, I am new at posting questions on the internet and realize now that this should have been 2 separate questions.  I am thinking of a way to resolve this so that dankh gets points and so does the person who answers the remaining part of this question.)
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Tom,

    If you use MS's Send To utility, you can right click a file or a folder and send a copy of it any place you would like.

From what i understand, this is what you want to do:

1) right click and select Send To
2) this will bring up a directory of the files and folders on your HD for selection.
3) you select the file/folder for copying.

What i am proposing is this:

1) you open up a directory of the files and folders on your HD--Explorer.
2) you right click on a file/folder and select Send To
3) this will send a copy to the selected directory.

What is the difference?

If you want to add more options in Send To, just find that folder on you HD and place directories and drives accordingly.
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