If you have ever had a rootkit virus or helped out friend with the problem you will know how difficult they can be to remove. To help with this Microsoft have released an offline version of Windows Defender which means you create a Windows Defender boot disk or bootable USB flash drive and then boot into Defender and have it help debt malicious software.

The tool is free from Microsoft.

What is Windows Defender Offline Beta?

Sometimes, malicious and other potentially unwanted software, including rootkits, try to install themselves on your PC. This can happen when you connect to the Internet or install some programs from a CD, DVD, or other media. Once on your PC, this software might run immediately, or it might run at unexpected times. Windows Defender Offline Beta can help remove such hard to find malicious and potentially unwanted programs using definitions that recognize threats. Definitions are files that provide an encyclopedia of potential software threats. Because new threats appear daily, it’s important to always have the most up-to-date definitions installed in Windows Defender Offline Beta. Armed with definition files, Windows Defender Offline Beta can detect malicious and potentially unwanted software, and then notify you of the risks.

To use Windows Defender Offline Beta, you need to follow four basic steps:

  1. Download Windows Defender Offline Beta and create a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.

  2. Restart your PC using the Windows Defender Offline Beta media.

  3. Scan your PC for malicious and other potentially unwanted software.

  4. Remove any malware that is found from your PC.

Windows Defender Offline Beta will walk you through the details of these four steps when you’re using the tool. If you’ve been prompted in MicrosoftSecurity Essentials or Windows Defender to download and run WindowsDefender Offline Beta, it’s important that you do so, to make sure that your data and your PC isn’t compromised.

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