Fear A Virus? Don't Forget MS Safety Scanner

I mentioned Microsoft Safety Scanner a while ago, but having recently needed to use it in anger I reckon it's worth another plug.

Whether or not you have up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware programs on your PC, there will always be the occasional moment when you suspect that something's not quite right and you want a second opinion.  Installing more than one standard antivirus program on your computer at the same time isn't a good idea, so what can be done?

The answer, or at least one very good answer, is to download Microsoft Security Scanner.  It scans your PC for viruses and malware.  It's free.  It doesn't need installing - just download the .EXE file and run it.  It doesn't need updating, either, because your download is only valid for 10 days, after which you'll need to download a new updated version.

The program is simple to use, works on Windows XP and above, and is definitely worth keeping in mind if you ever experience weird behaviour on your PC, such as unexpected slowdowns or perhaps some strange popups.  The only downside is that the download runs to 70 MB, but that's a small price to pay for peace of mind.

You can get Safety Scanner from http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx .  Just follow the link and click the big Download button at the top of the page.

 

 

 

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by Briggs (not verified) on 23. November 2012 - 4:56  (102755)

Excellent? Not many here would agree. Check the new tests at AV-Test.

by MidnightCowboy on 23. November 2012 - 6:36  (102760)

This is a second opinion scanner for your computer, not the internet, so the 0 day tests published by AV-Test are not applicable. In the representative and prevalent sections, MSE (which is not the subject of this article) was either level with or close to the industry average. MC - Site Manager.

by pottster on 22. November 2012 - 22:16  (102751)

Any trustworthy free security option is welcome but this seems to be a non-install, non-real time version of the Microsoft Security Essentials engine. Wouldn't it just be simpler to install MSE, which is excellent anyway, as a principal anti-virus measure? There are more practical ways of doing one off scans IMHO.

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