7th December 2011, 20:39 #1
Difference between Windows Defender Offline & Standalone System Sweeper
What the difference between Windows Defender Offline Beta and Standalone System Sweeper? Anyone know?
What is Windows Defender Offline Beta?
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta | Microsoft Connect
7th December 2011, 20:56 #2
Looks like it's just the name of the ISO created. Inside the ISO all files look to be the same. Maybe they are going to rebrand it.
7th December 2011, 21:41 #3
OK, looks like Standalone System Sweeper is now the same as Windows Defender Offline. The only difference that I see is the title at the top. They both look like the new beta version of MSE.
8th December 2011, 02:07 #4
I meant to post last night about the new name for Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper but got side-tracked. You are correct, Windows Defender Offline is the new name for the Beta.
The purpose of the offline version is to help help start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. It can also be used in situations where an antivirus software fails to install or the program that is installed is unable to detect or remove malware from the computer. The Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta uses the same definitions that are used for Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront.
I suspect the renaming is a result of Microsoft Security Essentials being named Windows Defender for Windows 8.