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Microsoft’s Free On-Demand “Safety Scanner” Released

From the better late than never department:

imageIt seems everyone has gotten into the – one shot – one time – malware scanner market – including Microsoft (finally), with the release of the Microsoft Safety Scanner.

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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The Best Freeware Startup Manager – AutoRuns for Windows

I’m always surprise to see the number of programs that ask for permission, on installation, to be allowed to run on system startup. I’m more surprised however, when the installation does not ask for permission and then runs in the background on system startup regardless.

So this begs the question. Are you aware of the programs that are configured to run when your system starts up or when you logon? No doubt, you’d be surprised to learn how many executables are launched automatically.

AutoRuns shows you the programs that are launched automatically including programs in your Startup Folder, Run, RunOnce, Shell Extensions, Toolbars, Browser Helper Objects, Winlogon Notifications, Auto-Start Services, Winsock Layered Service Providers and additional Registry Keys.

In many cases these programs and Auto-Start Services are superfluous to the operating of your computer, and eat scarce memory and system resources for no purpose. AutoRuns gives you the option of deleting the entry, verifying the entry, verifying the entry’s signature, jumping to the Registry Editor, opening the items Properties, or searching on-line for more information.

You can filter out Signed Microsoft Entries so that you can focus on third-party auto-starting programs. It will display the origin of the items, the order in which they launch and which items start every time or just occasionally.

AutoRuns works on all versions of Windows including 64-bit versions.

Download at: http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/

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