Remove malware from your PC in Windows 10

Windows Defender is a powerful scanning tool that finds and removes malware from your PC. Here's how to use it in Windows 10 to scan your PC.

Important: Before you use Windows Defender Offline, make sure to save any open files and close apps and programs.

  1. Select the Start icon Press the Windows key , then select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Defender.

  2. Select the Open Windows Defender Security Center button.

  3. Select Virus & threat protection > Advanced scan.

  4. On the Advanced scans screen, select Windows Defender Offline scan, and then select Scan now.

The Windows Defender Offline scan takes about 15 minutes to run, and then your PC will restart.

View the results of your scan

  1. Select the Start icon Press the Windows key , then select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Defender.

  2. Select the Open Windows Defender Security Center button.

  3. Select Virus & threat protection > Scan history.

The Windows Defender Offline scan will automatically detect and remove or quarantine malware.

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