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microsoft safety scanner 220x220 Microsoft Safety Scanner Works with Your Existing Anti Virus Software to Protect Your PCWindows 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.

You can perform three types of scans:

  • Quick – Good for a first run but may not be enough to find an obscure virus.
  • Full – Thorough: takes the longest but will find hidden infections.
  • Custom – Targeted scanning if you don’t want to include certain files and folders to save time.

I performed a full scan and it took quite a while; however, thankfully, it didn’t find any viruses. If you use this program and it finds a virus, please let us know in the comments.

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Note: You’ll need to know if you’re using 32 or 64 bit Windows. If you don’t know, check this guide: Do I Have Windows 32 or 64-bit? How to Find Out



 Microsoft Safety Scanner Works with Your Existing Anti Virus Software to Protect Your PC

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  • http://profiles.google.com/d6k5d3 Deepan Das

    does it imply that my MSE is faulty and sometimes MSE can fail to detect viruses?


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