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Windows 7: Has Anyone Used MSFT Safety Scanner?

11 May 2011   #1
Buddahfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Has Anyone Used MSFT Safety Scanner?

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Microsoft Safety Scanner

Do you think your PC has a virus?
The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.
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.
The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a replacement for using an antivirus software program that provides ongoing protection.
Is there a difference in scanning heuristics and virus definitions between MSFT Safety Scanner and Windows Defender?


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11 May 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Buddahfan,

It more like a real basic Microsoft Security Essentials instead. In the tutorial below, you can see what it looks like when you run it.

Microsoft Safety Scanner

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 May 2011   #3
Buddahfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

I ran it and it seemed like a WD quick scan however my questions still remain unanswered for now.

I don't use MSE.

I use Avast AIS, WD and SAS as my real time protection. They do just fine. I also use a number of On-Demand anti-Virus/Malware programs and rarely do they find anything, thank goodness.
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11 May 2011   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well, a more direct answer then is that there is no difference in what Microsoft Safety Scanner scans for than what a manual scan with Microsoft Security Essentials would scan for. Microsoft Safety Scanner is basically just a portable version that's good for only 10 days before needing to download a new updated copy for free again.

Microsoft Security Essentials is basically a replacement for Windows Defender that adds a lot more and better security features.
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11 May 2011   #5
Buddahfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

My question is about WD not MSE
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11 May 2011   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's the same for WD. MSE is just a replacement for WD. I was using MSE instead of WD as a comparison since MSFT is based off of MSE and not WD. That's all.
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11 May 2011   #7
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Buddahfan View Post
My question is about WD not MSE
If you does look in your Windows Update History you can find that the N version of the MS virus definition for WD or MSE (for those that have it install!) are the same...that's mean they do use both the same!
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11 May 2011   #8
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm going to assume that WD is Windows Defender?

Anyway thanks for the info Brink, that clears the mystery on "Safety Scanner".

Peace
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11 May 2011   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeppers.
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11 May 2011   #10
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thanks
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