Windows Defender, formally known as Microsoft AntiSpyware, is Microsoft’s security weapon to prevent, remove, and quarantine spyware in Windows. It’s by default enabled and included in both Windows 7 and Windows 8. But in Windows 8, it’s reinvented with added anti-virus feature, powered by Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s included within the Windows package, and is intended as the default anti-virus program on Windows 8 machines.
But do you know it also has a standalone version that can be run independently without Windows?
Windows Defend Offline can be your secret weapon fighting with malicious, and rootkits that are installed but so hard to find by your installed anti-virus program on your computer. It’s still heavily based on the definition files to identify the threats. Therefor, in order to make it work effectively, it’s important to always have the most up-to-date definitions installed.
To start using Windows defender Offline, just follow these 3 basic steps:
- Download Windows Defender Offline from here and create a CD/DVD, or USB flash drive.
- Restart your computer using the Windows Defender Offline media.
- Scan your PC, and remove any malware that is found from the scan.
To create a CD/DVD, or USB flash drive, simply launch the file you downloaded from the website.
To make sure the Windows Defender Offline media is clean from any virus, it’s worth noting that you download Windows Defender Offline and create the CD, DVD, or USB flash drive on a PC that isn’t infected with malware.
If you have Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defenders enabled, you normally don’t need to run its offline version unless you’ve been prompted to download and run Windows Defender Offline. And once you’ve been prompted, it’s importantly you do so to avoid any data loose and prevent your Windows machine from being compromised.