The offline virus scan feature has been part of the Microsoft Defender Antivirus for a long time, and it allows the antivirus to run without loading Windows 10 during startup. This is particularly useful because when your device is infected with a particular persistent malware, it’s extremely complicated to remove it while Windows is fully loaded. In this guide, you will learn the steps to use the offline virus scan feature to remove rootkit, ransomware, and other nasty viruses on Windows 10.

Perform Defender offline virus scan on Windows 10

To perform an offline virus scan to remove tough malware with Microsoft Defender, use these steps: After you complete the steps, the device will boot into the system’s recovery environment, and the Microsoft Defender antivirus will perform a full virus scan. If the anti-malware detects any virus, rootkit, or any other type of malware, it’ll remove it automatically.

After the scan, you can find the Microsoft Defender Offline scan results on Windows Security > Virus & threat protection > Protection history. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.