Well, if you too have come across this issue, we recommend you give the Microsoft Safety Scanner a try.
Down to the very basics, the Microsoft Safety Scanner is a simple tool that has only one purpose: find and remove malware from Windows computers.
How do I download & install Microsoft Safety Scanner ?
One of the highlights of this tool is just how simple it is to acquire and use.
- Go to Microsoft’s page covering the Microsoft Safety Scanner
- Choose and download the version of the product that fits your PC’s architecture: 64-bit or 32-bit
- Select the type of scan you want run and start the scan. You can select between the following:
Review the scan results displayed on screen. For detailed detection results, view the log at
Will running Microsoft Safety Scanner delete unnecessary files?
The short answer would be yes. While Microsoft Safety Scanner will remove any malware infections from your PC, it will not prevent malware from getting into your PC in the first place.
In fact, Microsoft itself acknowledged that this product is not a complete replacement for an antivirus tool, and that anyone looking for complete protection should indeed opt for dedicated alternatives, such as Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows 10 and Windows 8 or Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7.
Microsoft Safety Scanner System Requirements
These are the Windows OS versions taht can run the Microsoft Safety Scanner
- Windows 10
- Windows 10 Tech Preview
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server Tech Preview
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2008.
Things to remember when using the Microsoft Safety Scanner
Another great thing about the Microsoft Safety Scanner is that it doesn’t require any sort of installation. Once the executable is downloaded, simply run it, and it will start scanning your PC.
This lack of installation makes it a great choice for those that don’t want to load their PC’s registries and DLLs with additional files. This also means that it won’t appear in your Start menu, so once you download it, try to remember where you saved the executable.
On the flipside, the product cannot be updated like you would a regular antivirus, and you need to download it again if you want a newer version.
This post was written by Teodor Nechita and was first posted to WindowsReport
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