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If you’ve downloaded a file and are not sure you can trust it before opening it, did you know you can use Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) to scan it for viruses without running a full virus scan?  MSE lets you do this and it can help give you peace of mind before opening an unknown file.

This feature can be particularly useful if you’re opening a file from removable media (CD, DVD, external HDD etc.) and MSE’s real-time virus checker has not had a chance to do a preliminary scan at the file yet. If you’ve turned off real-time virus scanning, this will also help you avoid virus infection.

Caution: Even if a virus checker doesn’t detect a virus, never open a file from an untrusted source.

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Windows Forums member Uvais, who is always on the lookout for other users’ safety on their PCs shares a tool recently released by Microsoft:  Microsoft Safety Scanner, which is designed to work with your current anti-virus software to detect threats and infections on your PC. From the download page:

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

The software is designed to be downloaded for one-time use and expires after 10 days–requiring you to go back to the site and download the latest version with current virus-checking definitions.

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Fix Your PC After a Virus Removal [How To]

Posted by Angel Luis On March - 11 - 2011

This is a common problem and I am sure many of you have had this problem before. Your antivirus detects a virus, then it removes the virus but your system doesn’t act the way you expected. In this post you will learn how to fix a computer after a virus infection.

We have spoken before about removing Windows virus:

Test to See if Your Antivirus Software Works (Safe)

Remove Viruses And Malware in Safe Mode [How To]

Thomas has written a post about a program that restores several windows features:

Re-Enable 2.0 – Restore Windows functionality after virus and Trojan attack [Freeware]

In this post  we are going to use another approach with SuperAntiSpyware portable to do this:

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Encrypt Your USB Thumb Drive to Protect Your Data [How To]

Posted by Rich On December - 23 - 2010

Now, more than ever, we carry more digital information on thumb drives and, in many cases, this information is sensitive and, in the wrong hands, could be used in ways we’d like to avoid. In this guide, I’ll show you how to encrypt your USB drive so that only you can access your data.

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Microsoft Updates MSE to 2.0–Brings a Heap of New Features

Posted by Stu On December - 17 - 2010

Microsoft Updates MSE to 2.0–Brings a Heap of New Features

Its quite hard to believe Microsoft Security Essentials has been with us 14 months.  In that time it has continued to impress everyone that seems to use it and keeps critics happy with its great detection rates and small footprint on the system.

Microsoft have now released MSE version 2.0.657.0, meaning a much better free application to keep our PCs safe and secure.

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2010

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: December 9, 2010
Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: December 14, 2010

This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on December 14, 2010.

This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the December bulletin summary on December 14, 2010. For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification.

To receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft Security Bulletins are issued, subscribe to Microsoft Technical Security Notifications.

Microsoft will host a webcast to address customer questions on the security bulletins on December 15, 2010, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the December Security Bulletin Webcast. After this date, this webcast is available on-demand. For more information, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Summaries and Webcasts.

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