Windows Defender offline
Windows Defender offline

Windows Defender offline

Windows Defender offline

Virus or, Malware ? Something to try before you try other, more drastic alternatives

Windows Defender offline - try it !
The most drastic and final step (when all else fails) that you can take to rid yourself of malware or, a nasty virus, is to format your hard disk drive and re-install your operating system.
In fact, with certain infections, doing this is the only way to guarantee that you have completely got rid of the infection. All other, less drastic measures such as completing a system restore should be tried before you resort to this.
With the release of Windows Defender offline (Beta), you can add running this to the list of things that you try before either of these, more drastic alternatives. Why, you might ask ?
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Running your normal anti-virus or, malware program whilst Windows is operating, leaves places for a particularly devious attacker to hide their malicious files and avoid detection.
Windows Defender offline runs from plugin media whilst Windows isn't running which gives it the distinct advantage of being able to scan the places that the other programs cannot scan when Windows is running.
As with all offline virus scanners, you must ensure that you are running the version with the latest virus definitions so, make sure that you download the program and scan on the same day.
Windows Defender offline

Windows Defender offline

Windows Defender offline

A sneak preview and free to download and try the new beta version

Windows Defender offline
17-12-2011
Recently, I have received emails from numerous readers who have reported the same problem to me. When they visit web sites, their computer bleeps and a pop up window displays the following warning:
"To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has blocked this web site from displaying content with security certificate errors"
This is an Internet Explorer warning message, but Firefox, Google Chrome and the other internet browsers all have their own warning messages which are worded slightly differently, but they all mean the same thing.
When a secure (https://) web page is requested, a security transaction takes place during which several checks are made before the page is delivered to your internet browser. If any one of the checks fail, a warning message is delivered to your browser instead of the page that was originally requested.
Your internet browser checks that the security certificate was issued by a trusted authority, that the certificate is valid and that it was issued to the web site concerned.
The message that is delivered to your browser warns you about the risks involved in proceeding to the web site, but also, provides you with a link to display the web site in any event. Basically, if you know and trust the web site in question, it is usually safe to proceed to it - why ? Other than the obvious, that the web site's security certificate is invalid or, has expired or, that, the web site in question should not be trusted, there is another, more common reason for this happening.
Your computer is set to the wrong date ! If you are receiving these messages, checking the date that is set in your computer is the first thing that you should do. If it is set to the wrong date, correct the mistake and then, test one of the pages that was previously displaying the warning message. After changing the date, if it displays normally, your problem is solved, but before you sit back and relax, you should ask yourself why your computer is suddenly displaying the wrong date ?
Your computer's Cmos battery may be running out of steam and need changing. This is a pretty simple thing to do and you don't need me to tell you how to do it - many people have already written instructions that are available by Googling - "Changing a Cmos battery."
I want to concentrate on another, more important reason why this may be happening - your computer is infected with malware or, a virus of some kind, but before I do, a warning, if you find that you can't change the date on your computer because it won't allow you to or, that you change it successfully, but then, later, discover that it has mysteriously changed back, the likelihood is that your computer is almost certainly infected with malware or, a virus.
Nowadays, malware and viruses are written by very clever people who know how to 'silently' infect your computer then, stay undetected and even, re-install themselves following discovery and deletion. Further, whilst your computer is running, there are places that normal malware and virus scan and removal tools cannot search. I am mentioning this because whenever I suggest to someone that their computer may be infected, they always say or, think, "It can't be because I have the latest anti-malware security software installed and it scans my computer everyday." Well, believe me when I tell you that some of the latest versions of certain malware are very robust indeed !
In the past, I have recommended Windows' Security Essentials to our readers and today is no different, except for the fact that a new, 'offline' version of Windows Defender is now available. As usual, it is free (thank you Microsoft) but, and here is the important thing, you download it and run it whilst your computer is not running Windows.
The program is downloaded and installed onto a CD or, a USB drive/stick which you then, connect to your computer before booting it up. This enables it to scan the places that the other virus protection programs cannot reach. If your computer is infected with a 'nasty' that is hiding in a nook or, a cranny - Windows' Defender will find and zap it !
The program is not yet due for release, but it is in final beta which means that it is almost ready for release. Our readers can get a sneak preview and download and try it by visiting Windows Defender offline
Windows Defender offline
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