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Windows Defender offline scan

By learninmypc · 10 replies
Jun 10, 2017
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  1. WD OFFLINE.JPG How does one do an offline scan? I tried it once but nothing happened.
    I just now tried this Head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Defender. Scroll down and click the “Scan Offline” button under Windows Defender Offline. After you click this button, your computer will automatically reboot and begin scanning your PC for malware. The scan may take up to fifteen minutes.Aug 9, 2016

    But got to Scroll down & click the "Scan Offline" but its not there.
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,503   +377

    I was doing a full scan & when it finished I saw the scan off line button & it said it would take about 20 minutes to do so I clicked the button & that was 30 minutes ago. It's supposed to restart my pc .
    Am sitting here waiting to see if it restarts my pic.
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,503   +377

    90 some minutes later it never restarted by its self so I either mis understood what it said to do or ???
    May re try later.
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,503   +377

    At 11:50 am I tried it again, here it is 2:55pm & it's still not booted back up. I guess I'll forget about it, thank you
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,503   +377

  6. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 2,838   +560

    I think that the offline runs after you restart.... http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-perform-an-offline-scan-with-windows-defender/

    Could be that the machine has a really bad malware...try BitDefender Rescue (separate bootable ISO).

    If nothing, then uninstall and remove Windows Defender and download fresh and re-install.

    Or maybe it is in one of those funny fugue states which Windows has when it stumbles during an upgrade.
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,503   +377

    Ok, according to what I've googled, I did click the scan offline button & it said restarting but it shut down. After the hour I waited when it said 20 minutes, I got pi$$ed & restarted it up. Sometime later I knew I had to run some errands & could run it a few hourd. NOPE. It was still off so I booted it back up. I tried to find out how to check when last scanned but couldn;t.
    As far as malware goes, I've run Mbam, edet online scanner, SAS, Sophos & probably others my tired brain don't remember.
    Is it possible to uninstall it & reinstall it? I thought it was built in.
    I will see if WD can be uninstalled.
     
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,503   +377

    After reading this http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_defender_uninstaller.html I'm leaving WD as is.
     
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,503   +377

    @Cycloid Torus , I'm clean so I'm going to not do an offline scan with WD. Thanks for your input :)
     
  10. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 2,838   +560

    Think you are on right track..I had forgotten that WD was now integrated in OS, so 'disable' is possible, but not 'remove'. [foreheadsmack]
     
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,503   +377

    Yes, thank you for your input :)
     

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