A context menu is the little menu which pops up when you right click on files, folders or icons. e.g., right click on a desktop icon and if you have Anti-virus installed it will have ‘Scan with … Anti-virus’ as a choice.
The first step to getting rid of these entries
involves opening the programs in question and looking
options to see if you can unselect any ‘integration’ or
menu’ options they have. If that fails, and the program
insists on being an intimate part of your Windows, you can
the registry as follows:
1. Before we make any changes in
and even though you should have a full System Restore
backup already, back up the registry keys which will be
in this tweak:
2. Do this by opening Regedit,
find the relevant
sub-folder, right-click on it and select Export. Make sure
Branch” option is selected under
and save it somewhere safe. Do that for each one of the
above. If anything goes wrong, instead of firing up System
or restoring the entire registry you can double-click on
and everything is quickly fixed.
3. Now, go to the following
delete references to programs you know have set up
menu entries. For example, in my system under
I found the key Symantec.Norton.Antivirus.IEContextMenu
I deleted. The first volley in the war against the
invasion of my
menus by Symantec. Here are all the places you should look
4. As you’re removing all the unwanted program
entries, you should see the effects immediately – no
Remove an entry from the
subfolder for example and open Explorer, then right click
hard drive name and you should see the corresponding
removed in the registry is gone from the context menu too.
you’re done, you should see the default context menus
the added rubbish.
If any of the programs whose context menu
entries you’ve removed start displaying strange behaviour,
the registry entries you backed up previously, or just
the program. As long as you only delete program entries
of the default Windows entries, all the normal context
will still remain.