How do I get definition updates for Windows Defender Offline

November 26, 2014 at 03:11:41
Specs: Windows 7, 2.85 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo/4GB Ram
How do I get malware definition updates for Windows Defender Offline to update my Windows Defender Offline bootable USB stick?

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#1
November 26, 2014 at 03:31:06
download windows defender updates for windows 7
http://is.gd/7PZM8s
http://www.microsoft.com/security/p...

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#2
November 26, 2014 at 05:18:17
Thanks for your response. Having done as you said and having double-clicked the file, it says...
5. Follow the prompts to install the update.
But there are no prompts and no obvious way to tell if the update has worked.

Is this just another example of Microsoft's user-unfriendliness or am I missing something? Thanks again.


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#3
November 26, 2014 at 07:46:54
"no obvious way to tell if the update has worked"

If you go into Windows Defender, Update tab, it will give the date and version of your current updates.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
November 27, 2014 at 04:27:15
That's fine for Windows Defender, but the inquiry was for Windows Defender Offline on a bootable USB stick. The only way I've found to check the version is to actually boot from the stick and go to the Update Tab and then reboot from the hard drive. It seems messy for what is normally a simple procedure.

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#5
November 27, 2014 at 15:40:45
I've never tried but follow the procedure here and "Save the downloaded file onto the USB stick" then double click it from there to install:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923...

It just might work out.

I get the impression putting WD on a USB stick was only intended for one-off use. Although the method of determining the update state is messy for a portable, I guess it might not be so bad if you could find a way of getting the updates on there which you were eventually able to trust without checking each time.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
November 27, 2014 at 16:44:35
More info.

"If you created a CD or DVD you shouldn't reuse it; it contains definitions to help it detect malware. Definitions are updated frequently so the definition files on the CD or DVD will be out of date. If you created a USB flash drive, you can reuse it. Windows Defender Offline will update the definitions when you rerun the wizard."
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/...
How to Update Windows Defender Offline? Install Latest Virus Definition Files Manually
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-update-...

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