Windows 10 Creators Update brought some changes. You will notice one of the changes if you are using Windows Defender. This security tool now has more options, all placed in the Windows Defender Security Center.
One of the great features that may help you get rid of even the most persisting malware is Windows Defender Offline. Sometimes, a malware can hide, and when the software is working in the OS, it can’t detect it. But, the offline tool is working outside the OS, in a completely clean environment, thus it is able to identify all spyware, malware, viruses, etc.
If you have been using Windows Defender Offline before, in order to activate it, you had to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Defender, and click Scan offline. Now, if you do this after the Creators update, you won’t find the same options. It all looks a bit different.
There is nothing to worry about. The offline tool is still available. You don’t have to dig deep, as we are going to show you where to find and how to run Windows Defender Offline in Windows 10 creators update.
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Windows Defender Offline In Windows 10 Creators Update
Before you activate Windows Defender Offline in Windows 10 Creators update, make sure to save all the work, and close the apps. Now, follow the steps below:
- Click the Start button
- Next, click on the gear icon to open the Settings
- In the Settings, select Update & Security
- Next, click Windows Defender
- Click Open Windows Defender Security Center
- In Windows Defender Security Center select Virus & threat protection
- Next, click Advanced scan
- Finally, select Windows Defender Offline scan, and then click Scan now.
When you select this, your PC will reboot, and Windows Defender Offline will look up for the threats. Once this is done, your PC will boot to Windows normally.
In the Windows 10 Creators Update, you need to click a few more in order to get to Windows Defender Offline, but it’s nothing so complicated. Just follow the above-mentioned steps. Then let the Defender clean your PC, so it may work like a charm again.