Looking for another tool in the battle against malware and viruses?

Then you should check out Microsoft’s recently released Windows Defender Offline Beta

Ultimately just about everyone gets hit with an issue related to malware or viruses – it is not a matter of if but when.  So when the time comes you want to have the ability to deal with those issues promptly and this tool can help you in the battle.

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.

The tool is labeled as an offline resource because you can download it and create either a CD, DVD or USB flash drive which can be used when your PC is booting up and not connected to the Internet to track down and remove malicious software from your system.

I like having an offline tool like this when I am working on someone’s PC because it is completely independent of the users machine and not impacted by any malicious software that might be on the system.

The Windows Defender Offline beta comes in both a 32-bit and 64-bit version and can be downloaded at the Windows Defender Offline Beta page.  I recommend grabbing them both just in case and having them ready for future use.

Here are a couple of other resources for the Windows Defender Offline Beta: