Microsoft Releases Windows Defender Offline for Systems That Can’t Go Online

Software giant Microsoft has unleashed the beta version of a new tool which allows users to remove pesky rootkits and other dangerous malware from the system.

The Windows Defender Offline has been designed for computer systems that are infected with malware to the point of not being able to boot and connect to the internet properly.

The beta tool allows users to create a recovery CD/DVD or USB stick and use it to boot Windows. The Windows Defender Offline tool comes updated with the latest virus definitions, which allows users to clean their system even when it is dead.

The tool has a greater chance of discovering and removing malware because users are not running the software through the infected Windows platform installed in their PC, but rather through a recovery disk.

Microsoft said that the new tool supports Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and 2 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1. The tool also supports the developer preview version of Windows 8.

"Windows Defender Offline Beta can help remove such hard to find malicious and potentially unwanted programs using definitions that recognize threats. Armed with definition files, Windows Defender Offline Beta can detect malicious and potentially unwanted software, and then notify you of the risks," Microsoft wrote on the Windows Defender Offline page.