How to Run Windows Defender Offline Scan to Fix Malware Issues?

Run Windows Defender Offline Scan

If you are a Microsoft Windows user, you must know about the Microsoft’s free built-in antivirus called “Windows Security” also known as “Windows Defender“. However, you may run quick-scan anytime in Windows security, but do you know that Microsoft also provides an option to run Windows defender offline scan as well?

You are running your computer Windows in a digital world, where security is a very important part in terms of computers.

The new Windows 10 defender program is enhanced and provides you the best protection against malware, or other viruses.

In comparison to the old version of Windows defender, Windows 10 defender is doing a good work to keep your Windows safe and secure.

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What Defender’s Offline Scan Does?

Microsoft also provides an option to run Windows defender offline scan to all its users. Apart, to run a manual scan of Windows Defender, you can open Windows defender dashboard, then, navigate and click “virus & threat protection” from the left pane.

Click “Quick scan” to start the Windows defender scan. Note: make sure,windows defender is up-to date with latest virus definitions.

Windows security helps you to protect your Windows PC when you download something from the internet. It gives you immediate prompt if the downloaded file is virus infected and remove immediately.

In addition, you do have an option to “allow” or “restore” the downloaded file. Another option is to run a Windows defender scan manually.

Windows Security Offline Scan Settings

If you feel that your computer is not performing well. Or there could be a virus running into your Windows that has been effected your PC. Offline scan feature has incorporated into Windows defender security.

Doing Windows defender’s quick scan does not make any difference. We strongly recommend you to run offline scan with Windows security. It will do a deep boot scan in the initial stage of computer boot up.

How to Perform Offline Scan with Windows Security at System Boot up?

Check steps below to initiate defender’s offline scan in Windows 10:

Step 1. Open Windows Defender dashboard

Step 2. Navigate to Virus & threat protection from the left pane

Step 3. Click on Scan options and it will show you the advanced options

Step 4. It will explore other options for scan like- quick scan, full scan, custom scan and Windows defender Offline scan.

Step 5. Go and select the radio button of “Windows Defender Offline scan” and click on Scan now button.

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Windows will give you a prompt to save your work with notification; defender’s offline scan will take sometime and restart your device. Save all work before continuing.

Once you are done with saving all of your documents, if any opened. Click Scan button to start.

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Windows Defender will start warming up to start the offline scan. Within a few moments,your Windows computer/laptop will reboot automatically.

When Windows is in the boot process, instead of booting Windows, a similar screen come up on your computer screen with Windows Defender offline scan utility.

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This scan will take around 15-20 minutes and remove all the found viruses automatically. Once the scan process is finish, your Windows 10 will be rebooted automatically and this time, it will boot with your Windows 10 in normal mode.

Finally, to check the offline scan result, open Windows defender dashboard-> click on virus & threat protection-> Scan history or threat history.

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