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2 Malware scanning products from Microsoft - Any good?

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#1 GoshenBleeping


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Posted 28 May 2012 - 11:42 AM

I am interested in opinions about the following products for malware scanning. Are these products any good and are they worth using?

Microsoft Safety Scanner (http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx)

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830) (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9905)

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 08:15 AM

These are 2 specific tools, different from generic AV products. What is your use case? Knowing this would help us explain to you if they are worth using.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 08:18 AM

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free on-demand scanning tool which helps to remove malicious software (viruses, malware, spyware). It was designed as a replacement for the Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner and works as a supplement to an existing anti-virus program so it should not be considered a replacement. Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded so there is no need to keep it permanently on your computer. If you need to rerun the Safety Scanner at a future time, just redownload it again in order to ensure the tool has the latest anti-malware definitions.

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is a free virus removal tool but it only removes specific malicious software and includes a list of what it detects. While it is not a comprehensive tool, keep in mind that not all Security tools look for the same thing so using more than one may result in detection of malware the others may miss.

As Didier Stevens notes, knowing the particulars of your case would allow us to determine if these tools would be useful.
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