New Windows Defender can scan for malware outside Windows

The latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Defender anti-malware software is able to scan for malicious code even before Windows boots, and you can run it off a CD, DVD or USB flash drive. This makes it possible to detect rootkits and other boot process malware.

The new version is available in beta now, in both 32- and 64-bit editions. You can download it from Microsoft’s web site. To find out more, including the link to the download site, see:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57339370-75/microsofts-new-windows-defender-tool-runs-outside-windows/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

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