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How to find and remove Malware with Microsoft Defender Offline


Microsoft Defender Antivirus protection feature helps to protect your machine and data from almost all types of malware and hackers. Although this is among the best antivirus software, it is not perfect, and carefully written dangerous programs can occasionally make its way into the system and quickly take control, causing permanent harm. For a more secured system, please see how to turn on Windows defender tamper protection feature.

This isn’t exclusive to Microsoft Defender. This may happen with any third-party antivirus software that you install on your computer. However, if your computer becomes infected with a terrible hard-to-remove infection while running Windows, you may utilize the Microsoft Defender Offline scan option. The offline option is an automated feature that helps the anti-malware engine to detect and remove most infections more quickly while the machine is not running.

In this post, we’ll show you how to run an offline malware scan with Windows Defender Antivirus.

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How to Run Microsoft Defender Offline on Windows 11

To scan and remove viruses with the Microsoft Defender Antivirus Offline scan feature, press the Windows key + I to open Settings. Click Privacy and Security, then select Windows Security on the right side.


In Windows Security, click on Open Windows Security. This will open the windows defender app.


In the windows defender app, click on “Virus & Threat Protection.


Under the “Current threats” section, click the Scan options setting.


In the Virus and Threat Protection section, scroll down and select “Microsoft Defender Offline Scan,” and then click “Scan Now.”


When you click “Scan” on the prompt, your Windows 11 PC will restart and begin the scan.

How to use Defender Antivirus Offline scan on Windows 10

Press the Windows key to open Start menu, then type Windows Security and select the result that best match your search.


Select Virus & threat protection to open the Virus & threat protection settings. Under the “Current threats” section, click the Scan options setting.


Select the Microsoft Defender Offline scan option. Then click the Scan now button.


When you click “Scan” on the prompt, your Windows 10 PC will restart and begin the scan.

When you complete the steps, your computer will reboot into Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), where the command-line version of Microsoft Defender Antivirus will run without loading the system. Without user intervention, the scan will discover and destroy any difficult-to-remove infections it finds. The offline scan will take around 10-15 minutes, after which the machine will automatically restart.

View the results of your scan

To review the scan information, open Windows Security, and click on Virus & threat protection. Under the “Current threats” section, click the Protection history setting.


If there is no information in the history, the antivirus was unable to trace anything on the system.

It’s also a good idea to pay attention to the dates of the items because the list shows all the most recent activities, and you may notice items from earlier scans or real-time detections.

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