From the better late than never department:
Sophisticated computer users know, that depending on a single security application to provide a reliable “all clear- no malware” signal just doesn’t cut it – not with the huge number of new malware threats we’re exposed to every day.
Part of the layered security process (stacking security solutions, one on top of the other, to cover the gaps that exist in the protection capabilities of even the most sophisticated security applications), consists of supplementing the primary AV application with an on-demand scanner.
Since the Microsoft Safety Scanner is an on-demand application (it’s not designed to replace your installed AV), you’ll have no problems running it with your existing antivirus software. In fact, since Microsoft Safety Scanner is a stand-alone application and does not require installation, you can easily run it from a portable drive.
Here, I’ve chosen to run a full scan. As indicated, a quick scan and a user selected specified folder scan, are also available.
I wouldn’t pay too much attention to the progress bar – it’s not particularly accurate. Mind you, I’ve never seen an AV progress bar that was.
Full scan on 900,000+ files completed in 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.
System Requirements: Windows 7; Server 2003; Vista; XP.
Download at: Microsoft
Recommended free alternatives:
SUPERAntiSpyware: The free version of SUPERAntiSpyware despite it’s lack of real-time protection deserves its reputation as a first class security application, and it’s definitely worth considering adding to your security toolbox as a secondary line of defense.
BitDefender Free Edition is an on-demand virus scanner with powerful scan engines which ensures detection and removal of all viruses in the wild every time you need it. Best used in a system recovery or forensics role.
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has an excellent reputation (shared by me), as an outstanding security application, for its ability to identify and remove adware, Trojans, key-loggers, home page hijackers, and other malware threats.
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