How to Use Windows Defender Offline Scan in Windows 10

The Window Defender is an anti-malware component of Microsoft Windows. This software helps to identify and remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software from yours PC. If you are looking for the methods to use Windows Defender offline scan in Windows 10 then this post is for you.

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The Windows Defender generally runs in the background and notifies you when you need to take specific action. If you want to use the window defender offline scan then it’s an easy task. In this article, I will guide you through step by step process on how to use the window defender offline scan in Windows 10.

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1. Steps to Run and Use Window Defender Offline scan feature in Windows 10

Step-1: Open the Setting application by clicking its icon in the left-side of the Start menu or you can open it by pressing Windows logo key + I key together at the same time from your keyboard.

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Step-2: Once the setting app is launched now on the home screen of the setting application you have to click on the Update & security option.

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Step-3: Now you have to click on the Windows Defender option which is available on the left pane of the screen.

Step-4: After you click on window defender now on the right side scroll down the page to see Windows Defender Offline section and under this section click on the  Scan Offline button to restart your computer or laptop.

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Once you click on the button you will see a message “your PC will be restarted in a minute”.

Step-5: During the restart of your computer you will see the Windows Defender Offline loading screen before you see the Windows Defender screen.

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Once the Windows Defender Offline is loaded on your computer then it will automatically start scanning your computer and will remove all the malicious and unwanted programs that Defender is not able to remove otherwise.

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If Windows Defender on your PC is not up to date then, in that case, you have to switch to the Update tab and then click on the Update button. If you are using the internet over Wi-Fi then you might get “Virus and spyware definitions couldn’t be updated” error, in that case, try updating by connecting your PC through an Ethernet cable and it will update without any issue.

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The Window Defender might take up to 15- 20 minutes to complete the task on your PC and once the Windows Defender’s offline scan is done successfully then after that you will see the lock screen on your desktop.

This wraps up the article I hope these steps help you to use windows defender offline Scan in Windows 10 without any difficulty.

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