Microsoft this week has delivered a beta of "Windows Defender Offline" beta, a version of Windows Defender -- Microsoft's antispyware software that is built into Windows 7.
The Windows Defender Offline ISO can be installed to a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, can help remove such hard to find malicious and potentially unwanted programs using definitions that recognize threats.
"This can happen when you connect to the Internet or install some programs from a CD, DVD, or other media," Microsoft explains.
"Once on your PC, this software might run immediately, or it might run at unexpected times. Windows Defender Offline Beta can help remove such hard to find malicious and potentially unwanted programs using definitions that recognize threats."
The comapny said "Windows Defender Offline Beta will walk you through the details of the four steps (see under) when you're using the tool. If you've been prompted in Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender to download and run Windows Defender Offline Beta, it's important that you do so, to make sure that your data and your PC isn't compromised."
- Download Windows Defender Offline Beta and create a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.
- Restart your PC using the Windows Defender Offline Beta media.
- Scan your PC for malicious and other potentially unwanted software.
- Remove any malware that is found from your PC.