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Windows Defender

Windows Defender

Review

“Windows Defender Offline” (WDO) is a part of Microsoft security suite. In case of too insolent malware that has infiltrated into your system too deep you may have to sca...

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Windows Defender review

“Windows Defender Offline” (WDO) is a part of Microsoft security suite. In case of too insolent malware that has infiltrated into your system too deep you may have to scan your copy of Windows from the outside, in order not to let the malware load. This may cause you some periodic trouble, but in case of emergency, it may save you the greater one.

Functionality 4/5

Malware may be more dangerous than we think. Integrated into the system, they make the unthinkable to avoid being detected and removed. They lock security software and redirect you away when you try to download scanning utilities.
Well, if the malware cannot be wiped out from within Windows, maybe, it can be detected and neutralized from the outside? That’s what Windows Defender Offline (and its name) is about. You need to run it not from Windows, but instead of Windows. It will analyze your hard drive contents, detect threats and neutralize them.

As you launch the installer, you need to be connected to the Internet. The installation is the only part of the process that requires the connection. Prepare a writable CD, DVD or USB Flash to make it bootable.

We’d rather use a USB drive. The installed gets frequent updates, and you (to keep it up to date) should update the software with its bases manually. Alas, CD or DVD cannot be reused, unlike USB drives. And an outdated CD or DVD with WDO is worse than a waste of resources; it gives you the false feeling of security. OK, when you download Windows Defender Offline, you can as well create an ISO file to record it to a physical drive later.

As the threat comes, you just insert this carrier into your PC drive or port, restart it and select WDO carrier as bootable.
Yet, next to alternative solutions, it lacks some features. Kaspersky’s analog offers built-in registry editor and file manager.

Design 4/5

It looks like a part of Windows (and, in fact, now it is), but rather like a part of Windows in the process of installation. As you run it, nothing appears on the screen. The results will be available in general Defender app, as your PC loads Windows after check.

Sometimes no unique design at all can be the best solution, and here’s the case.

Usability 4.5/5

The software only requires from its user some basic knowledge on how to restart the system, how to select the media for booting and how to use the main Defender application.

Cross-platform use 3/5

The app is compatible with Windows XP and up to 8/8.1. Windows 10 users already have it included as a part of integrated Defender. There are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

In-app purchases

Microsoft promotes this app for free, as a part of its global security service for Windows.

Conclusion

Well, if you have a 1- or 2-GB USB flash collecting dust, you have a better usage for it. Make it a carrier for Defender Offline, and if malware occupies your computer and holds it up for ransom or starts sweating your hardware for bitcoins – you know what to do.

 

Pros:

  • Free for Windows 7/8 users Easy to launch Detect most threats and gets frequent updates Restarts to Windows automatically

Cons:

  • Free for Windows 7/8 users Easy to launch Detect most threats and gets frequent updates Restarts to Windows automatically

Interface 4

Content and features 4

Usability 4

Compatibility 4

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