New Microsoft Emergency Tool for Malware Infected Windows PCs


Everyone should have an emergency boot disk. In fact, it doesn’t hurt to have several. There are a number of articles at TSA describing how to create a bootable rescue disk (for example, at this link and also at this link).  

Adding to the boot disk offerings is some new software for creating a disk from Microsoft called the Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta. It is designed specifically for malware infected systems. The description says that it is “a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware.” It can be downloaded at this Microsoft link. There is both a 32-bit and a 64-bit version. The bootable disk that is created can be used on Windows XP SP3, Vista, and Windows 7. Some details on how to use the tool to create a boot disk are at

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