Microsoft recently released the beta of a bootable CD version of their popular Windows Defender anti-malware tool.  Many types of Malware cannot be removed from a machine while running Windows, the destructive malware files may be ‘hardened’ or simply re-install upon reboot.  The download allows you to create a bootable CD or USB key that lets you run and clean the hard drive without having to boot to Windows.  In many cases this is far more effective than running within Windows and also much easier than alternative, removing the drive and installing as a secondary drive on another computer. The virus definitions within the tool are frequently updated so be sure to download a current version when you plan to use the tool. The download, outline of the tool’s use, and FAQ’s are available from the following link:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/what-is-windows-defender-offline

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