How to Perform an Offline Virus Scan to Fix an Infected PC

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On the off chance that you think you’ve been contaminated with malware, the best thing to do is to abstain from freezing. As a rule, you can recuperate your PC and eliminate the contamination by utilizing Windows’ own Microsoft Defender instrument or by utilizing outsider antivirus programming like Avast to filter for and eliminate the disease.

Indeed, even difficult malware diseases can be taken out utilizing these instruments, however, you might have to run a boot level output utilizing compact programming on a USB drive, particularly in case Windows isn’t protected to run with malware. To run a disconnected infection examination utilizing Microsoft Defender or an outsider antivirus arrangement, you’ll need to follow these means.

Running an Offline Virus Scan Using Microsoft Defender on Windows 10

In case Windows is as yet running and the malware contamination isn’t as genuine, you might have the option to utilize Microsoft Defender to run a bootable antivirus filter without utilizing the versatile (and more established) Windows Defender Offline instrument.

This choice is just suggested, in any case, in case Windows is as yet ready to run and stays confined from different PCs on your organization.

For example, in the event that you mean to utilize this strategy, ensure that your PC is detached from your nearby organization. This will forestall any malware from conceivably spreading to different PCs before you can clear the disease. You might wish to restart Windows in Safe Mode before you continue.

  1. To begin, right-click the Start menu and select Settings.

2. In the Window Settings menu, select Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection.

3. In the Virus & threat protection menu, select Scan options

4. Select Microsoft Defender Offline scan from the list provided, then select Scan now to schedule the scan.

5. Windows will affirm that your PC should restart. Close any unsaved applications whatsoever point, then, at that point, select Scan to restart your PC and start the bootable antivirus check utilizing Microsoft Defender.

6. After a couple of seconds, Windows will restart and boot into the Microsoft Defender boot examine menu. Microsoft Defender will consequently start checking your PC for malware—permit this interaction to completely examine your PC. On the off chance that it identifies any malware, adhere to any extra on-screen guidelines to affirm how you wish to fix, eliminate, or quarantine any contaminated records.

Once the offline virus scan is complete, your PC will reboot back into Windows. Any malware will be removed or quarantined based on your actions above. At this point, the malware infection should be resolved, but you may need to follow additional steps to repair or restore your Windows installation (depending on the damage).

Using the Older Windows Defender Offline Tool to Scan for Malware (Older Versions of Windows)

While Windows 10 permits you to direct a disconnected infection examine utilizing Microsoft Defender with next to no extra instruments or equipment, you can likewise utilize the more established Windows Defender Offline apparatus on a convenient USB drive or DVD to lead a boot level sweep when Windows can’t (or shouldn’t) boot.

While this convenient rendition of Defender was initially made for Windows 7 and 8.1, it can in any case be utilized to examine for malware on certain Windows 10 PCs, contingent upon the adaptation. Be that as it may, the actual apparatus is obsolete (albeit the infection definitions are cutting-edge) and will not work with more current renditions of Windows.

Consequently, this instrument ought to just be utilized on more established PCs running a more seasoned adaptation of Windows 10 (or a previous form of Windows). In the event that it doesn’t work, you might have to utilize an outsider antivirus as another option or timetable a Microsoft Defender Offline filter in Safe Mode utilizing the means above all things being equal.

Creating the Windows Defender Offline Tool USB or DVD Media

  1. Assuming you need to attempt this technique, you’ll need to download the 64-cycle rendition of Windows Defender Offline from the Microsoft site from a non-contaminated Windows PC. When the record is downloaded, run the apparatus and select Next.

2. confirm you accept the license agreement by selecting the I accept button.

3. You’ll need to select where you want to install Windows Defender Offline. Select the appropriate option (such as On a USB flash drive that is not password protected) then select Next to confirm.

4. If you’re using the USB flash drive method and you have more than one USB device connected, select the device you wish to use based on the assigned drive letter using the drop-down menu, then select the Next option.

5. The tool will format and reflash the USB drive you’ve selected. Make sure to back up any files previously saved to the device first, then select Next to continue.

6. The Windows Defender Offline maker apparatus will download the important documents to streak your USB drive or DVD (counting modern infection definitions). When the cycle is finished, you’ll need to restart your PC.

Scanning Your PC Using the Windows Defender Offline USB or DVD Media

7. At the point when you restart your PC, you’ll need to arrange your BIOS or UEFI bootloader to boot from your USB drive first, instead of from your Windows framework drive. You’ll as a rule need to choose a console key, for example, F1, F12, or DEL to boot into this menu and change these settings—counsel your PC’s client manual for extra data on the most proficient method to do this, as the means shift, contingent upon the maker.

8. Whenever you’ve changed your boot request, a negligible and segregated Windows climate running Windows Defender will boot. In the event that your variant of Windows 10 backings this device, the output choices will open up to you. If not, a 0x8004cc01 mistake will show up, and you’ll have to attempt an elective technique.

9. If Windows Defender tool can run on your version of Windows 10, however, follow the on-screen instructions to scan your PC and deal with any infected files. Once the process is finished, your PC will reboot and the malware should be removed. Make sure to remove your USB drive or DVD at this point and restore the correct boot order in your BIOS or UEFI settings to ensure that Windows will correctly boot up afterward.


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