Google’s Chrome does have some built-in security protection, but you can now add the well regarded (and well behaved) Microsoft Windows Defender anti-phishing product to the browser on your PC.
The Windows Defender plug-in doesn’t disable any of the Chrome security components but adds an additional layer of defense.
If you’re not familiar with how the plug-in works, it alerts you about known malicious links and sites before you actually visit the site.
And remember, while plug-in tools like these are helpful in protecting your network and users from malware and ransomware, they are only a part of a Unified Threat Management System you should have in place at your company.
You can find the plug-in at the Chrome Web Store or directly at Microsoft.
Everyone should already have a good antivirus application on their computer/notebook/tablet. And there should also be some application installed to help protect against malware. But what do you do when you have a system that’s really loaded with spyware, malware, and adware and your software tools don’t seem to be able to get it all off? You should do an Offline Cleaning. Microsoft gives you the tools for free but almost no one knows how to use them. Here’s exactly how to do it.
The tool is Windows Defender Offline. Close all your open files and then in Windows 10, Go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Defender > Select Scan Offline. Your system will reboot and the scan takes about 15 minutes to run.
To see what was found select Start, Settings > Update and Security > Windows Defender. Open the History tab, select All detected items, then select View Details. Any items found by Windows Defender Offline will be listed as Offline Detection source.
Windows 7 is a bit more work but not difficult. First, get a blank CD or a USB drive that’s at least 512MB in capacity. Now – on a computer that you’re pretty sure isn’t infected with malware/spyware – download the Windows Defender Offline application. Select either 32-bit or 64-bit depending upon whether your PC is running a 32 or 64-bit version of Windows.
Link to 32-bit version
Link to 64-bit version
Now run the downloaded file.
It will ask you if you’d like to create either a USB startup device or a bootable CD. Usually a USB drive is easiest but work with whatever you have.
Let the setup finish then remove your newly created USB drive. Go to the machine you want to clean but don’t install your USB drive yet. Power the machine down normally and once it’s off, insert the USB drive and turn on the power. The computer will boot to the USB drive and Defender Offline will run – usually for about 15-20 minutes. When it’s finished you’ll be prompted to restart the computer. Remove the USB drive and restart normally. Your deep malware cleaning is done!