How can I remove Bitdefender from the initial right-click menu


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I installed Bitdefender because I wanted a little more granular control over antivirus activities than Microsoft Defender. It installed itself in the main right-click menu, where it slows down the display of that menu by several seconds. So far, every post I've read talks about how to add or remove entries from the Show More Options menu or tells me to get rid of the main right-click menu, neither of which I want to do. The Powertoys and Edit with Notepad++ right-click entries I added don't have this annoying effect.

How can I remove Bitdefender from the initial right-click menu and still leave it on the Show More Options menu?
 
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Might try this:

 

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Might try this:


I was just having a look at your link. I didn’t realise this could remove entries, but apparently it can. I have looked at it in the past and failed to notice the “ContextMenu Cleaner”

How to Clean the Right Click Menu

The context menu is often abused by software vendors who add useless entries without asking permission. You can use ECM’s new context menu cleaner feature to remove all unwanted entries.
Just select an unwanted entry and click the Delete button to remove it from your context menu. It’s that simple.
 

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or


Hopefully one of those will help :)
 

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Might try this:

I did try that, and just now looked to see if there's been an update since the version I used. I didn't see anything there that looked like it was coming from Bitdefender. I think adding or deleting items from the initial right-click menu must happen in a different way from how it happens in the Win10 menu. I know I had to jump through several hoops I no longer remember to add "Edit in Notepad++" to that menu (and that didn't cause the delay-while-I-paint-the-menu behavior Bitdefender does). Still, if there's a way it hooks into the menu, there should be a way to unhook it.
 

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    Windows 11
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    HP
    CPU
    i7-1355U
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel IRIS 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (internal)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock and external 27" Acer monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    NVme 2TB (Windows), 2TB SSD
    PSU
    Stock
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    Stock
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    Stock
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    Stock and external HP keyboard
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    Trackpad and external Logitech wired mouse
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    Microsoft Defender
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    2TB Samsung 990 Pro, 2TB Samsung 870 EVO
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    Dell Inspiron 5770
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    Intel i7-8550U
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon 530
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SDD, 2TB Western Digital HDD
    Mouse
    Logitech wired
    Keyboard
    Arteck wireless
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
I did try that, and just now looked to see if there's been an update since the version I used. I didn't see anything there that looked like it was coming from Bitdefender. I think adding or deleting items from the initial right-click menu must happen in a different way from how it happens in the Win10 menu. I know I had to jump through several hoops I no longer remember to add "Edit in Notepad++" to that menu (and that didn't cause the delay-while-I-paint-the-menu behavior Bitdefender does). Still, if there's a way it hooks into the menu, there should be a way to unhook it.
I would try removing (one at a time) anything that isn’t recognisable in the ContextMenu Cleaner. Not all context menu items may be named accordingly, perhaps? Like Bitdefender could be known as bloodyannoyingentry in the ContextMenu Cleaner.
You can always just enable the entry again if it doesn’t yield the desired result?

I’ll be honest, I haven’t used it or currently have time to, also, I don’t use Bitdefender, so I am just reaching here.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
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    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
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    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
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    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
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    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
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    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
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    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
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    M.2 512GB
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    …still on a horse.
Also, it appears this app hasnt been updated since June 2021. And prior to thant, August 2015, apparently.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
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    PC/Desktop
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    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
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    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
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    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
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    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
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    I’m on a horse.
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    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
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    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

or


Hopefully one of those will help :)
I'd already tried turning off animations, and that made no difference. Using the shexview tools disabled the Bitdefender menu item in the "Show More Options" menu (where it is not a problem) but not in the initial right-click menu (where it is).

Programs apparently have to hook into the initial right-click menu in some manner that the Win7-Win10 tools don't account for, much like older uninstall programs don't know about modern Windows apps.
 

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    Windows 11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
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    i7-1355U
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel IRIS 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (internal)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock and external 27" Acer monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    NVme 2TB (Windows), 2TB SSD
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock and external HP keyboard
    Mouse
    Trackpad and external Logitech wired mouse
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge, Brave
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    2TB Samsung 990 Pro, 2TB Samsung 870 EVO
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 5770
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon 530
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SDD, 2TB Western Digital HDD
    Mouse
    Logitech wired
    Keyboard
    Arteck wireless
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
Never mind. I uninstalled Bitdefender. Slowed down other applications, along with this annoyance.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    i7-1355U
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel IRIS 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (internal)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock and external 27" Acer monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    NVme 2TB (Windows), 2TB SSD
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock and external HP keyboard
    Mouse
    Trackpad and external Logitech wired mouse
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge, Brave
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    2TB Samsung 990 Pro, 2TB Samsung 870 EVO
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 5770
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon 530
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SDD, 2TB Western Digital HDD
    Mouse
    Logitech wired
    Keyboard
    Arteck wireless
    Internet Speed
    FIOS 1GB
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
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