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IT News Thread, Microsoft to launch bootable anti-virus/malware tool in Other News; This looks very interesting, and given that we have all, at one time or another been handed a computer or ...
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    Microsoft to launch bootable anti-virus/malware tool

    This looks very interesting, and given that we have all, at one time or another been handed a computer or laptop that is so infected it barely boots, then Windows Defender Offline could be just the ticket. It's essentially a bootable (CD or USB) scanner that will dig out an infected Windows computer if it is too far gone (or risky) to connect to a network, and it will contain all of the very latest definitions (unlike other boot CD's). It's only in beta, but looks like a tool we'll all be getting familier with in the future.

    What is Windows Defender Offline Beta&#63

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    Windows Defender Offline is just Microsoft's Standalone System Sweeper with a different name.




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    LOL. I missed that post (it was conf week and were a 'bit' busy!). I wonder why they are rebranding it? Perhaps the name change is to keep the product familiy all in line and then again as it's in beta perhaps they have introduced a few more features and functionallity.

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    Still, a useful raiser of awareness I hadn't seen it before

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    its already included with msdart!

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    cheers will give it a go tomorrow got an infected teahcers laptop (personal device) that I will give the once over with this as it will be minimal effort and all I will offer.

    Will see how well it goes.

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    Give the teacher the link to Microsoft Safety Scanner - Antivirus | Remove Spyware, Malware, Viruses Free
    and tell them to download it then run in in Safe Mode (It requires no installation) for a second opinion.

    I've found it excellent at getting rid of malware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Give the teacher the link to Microsoft Safety Scanner - Antivirus | Remove Spyware, Malware, Viruses Free
    and tell them to download it then run in in Safe Mode (It requires no installation) for a second opinion.

    I've found it excellent at getting rid of malware.
    I fear it will take me longer to explain what safe mode is and how to get to it, than it would for me to fix the laptop myself ;p

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