. Free Windows Defender Offline tool (by Microsoft) topic here .. Microsoft releases old recovery software in new wrapper: InfoWorld.com read: http://www.infoworld.com/t/security-tools/microsoft-releases-old-recovery-software-in-new-wrapper-181461 Quote: 'Last week Microsoft released (or perhaps I should say re-released) a beta version of Windows Defender Offline, a seriously useful tool for recovering dead Windows XP (SP3), Vista (RTM, SP1, SP2), Windows 7 (RTM, SP1), or Windows 8 (Developer Preview) systems. Yes, it even works on Windows 8.' What is Windows Defender Offline Beta? - asks the official Microsoft site called Windows.Microsoft.com: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/what-is-windows-defender-offline Quote, Microsoft continues: 'Sometimes, malicious and other potentially unwanted software, including rootkits, try to install themselves on your PC. This can happen when you connect to the Internet or install some programs from a CD, DVD, or other media. Once on your PC, this software might run immediately, or it might run at unexpected times. Windows Defender Offline Beta can help remove such hard to find malicious and potentially unwanted programs using definitions that recognize threats. Definitions are files that provide an encyclopedia of potential software threats. Because new threats appear daily, it's important to always have the most up-to-date definitions installed in Windows Defender Offline Beta. Armed with definition files, Windows Defender Offline Beta can detect malicious and potentially unwanted software, and then notify you of the risks. To use Windows Defender Offline Beta, you need to follow four basic steps: 1.Download Windows Defender Offline Beta and create a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. 2.Restart your PC using the Windows Defender Offline Beta media. 3.Scan your PC for malicious and other potentially unwanted software. 4.Remove any malware that is found from your PC.' Any malware, on any PC, in any time. .