Download Windows Defender Offline Tool

Microsoft has released a new tool called as Windows Defender Offline Tool. While most other security tools remove malware after Windows has started they cannot remove some hard-to-remove malware like Rootkits, as they activate their malicious code before the Windows operating system starts.

Windows Defender Offline can be saved to removable media like a CD, DVD, or USB drive and can be booted from it to start the scan.

Sometimes, malware or potentially unwanted software install themselves on your PC, when you are installing some software or when you visit unsavoury websites on the Internet. Windows Defender Offline can help remove such hard to find malicious programs. Armed with definition files, Windows Defender Offline can detect such malicious and potentially unwanted software, and then notify you of the risks.

Windows Defender Offline Tool

To use Windows Defender Offline Beta, you need to follow the following steps:

  1. Download Windows Defender Offline and create a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. You can also first download the ISO file to your disk.
  2. Restart your PC using the Windows Defender Offline media.
  3. Scan your PC for malware.
  4. If any are found, Windows Defender Offline will inform you.
  5. Remove the malware found from your PC.
  6. It is important to always have the most up-to-date definitions installed in Windows Defender Offline Beta, and so to download it only when you need it so that it has the latest definitions.

You can see the installation screenshots below:

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Download: Windows Defender Offline Tool.

I have not downloaded it. But I have noticed that although Windows Defender Offline Tool and Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Tool, both sport different icons and create download folders for the ISO under different names, they have an identical size of the ISO file and the Help links point to the same page.

So it does look like there has been a name-change.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • Vasudev

    Looks similar to standalone system sweeper tool
    vasudevg.blogspot.com/2011/06/bootable-free-malware-cleaner-from.html

  • Vasudev

    Yes as you also said looks similar to sweeper beta. The link provided earlier just for screenshots.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    It does look like there has been a name-change. Although this Microsoft Answers thread also does not say anything: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/protect_start/what-is-windows-defender-offline-beta/ed85361a-0f68-458a-b2e5-fd504b58b54c?tab=MoreHelp

  • Quincy

    Actually it has the same GUI as the recently released Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 Beta with fewer “Settings” (ie. Excluded Files and Locations, Excluded File Types and MAPS membership options) The Antimalware Client version (4.0.1111.0) is the same as is the Engine version (1.17903.0) On an XP machine with 756MB RAM it took under 15 min. to create a CD and about 12 min. to boot and scan 32,000 items. (scan time <9 min.) The MSSSTool used the old Windows Defender GUI. The bootable CD cannot be updated but a USB flash drive can so no need to make another coaster, use a flash drive. Of note is that the RAM requirement is down to 512MB making it more advantageous for those with older XP computers. Also noteworthy is that unlike most betas this is available through Windows Help and How-To as opposed to MS Connect. An interesting discussion is underway,
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/protect_start/lets-confuse-the-user-as-much-as-we-possibly-can/11901f6f-bbe1-42fb-b98b-fe303b7ab5d2

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Thanks for the link Quincy. Well, lets hope Microsoft clears this up soonest.

  • gizmoprof

    You’d think that Microsoft would get the wording right. See the screen shot about “If you already have WDO installed on a USB….” The text should say, “… automatically **UPDATE** the definitions” (Not UPLOAD them)

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