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Microsoft Safety Scanner

How to Use the Microsoft Safety Scanner
Published by Brink
14 Apr 2011
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How to Use the Microsoft Safety Scanner

information   Information
The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free portable downloadable standalone EXE security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

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.

For real-time protection that helps to guard your home or small business PCs against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, download the free Microsoft Security Essentials in addition.

Note   Note
The release of the Microsoft Safety Scanner has resulted in confusion about the available anti-malware tools provided by Microsoft and questions about when they should be used.

Read more at: Understanding Microsoft Anti-Malware Software ~ Security Garden


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System Requirements:
  • Operating System: Windows 7; Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP.
  • A PC with a CPU clock speed of 500 MHz or higher, and 256 MB RAM or higher.
  • VGA display of 800 600 or higher.
  • 200 MB of available hard disk space.




Here's How:
1. If you have not already, you will need to download and save the Microsoft Safety Scanner to your computer.
Note   Note
Be sure that you click on the Select your version link at the site above to be able to select to download the same 32-bit or 64-bit version as the Windows you are going to run it on.

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2. Run the downloaded msert.exe file from where you saved it at.
NOTE: Microsoft Safety Scanner does not install on your computer, and is only a standalone EXE file.

3. Check the Accept all terms.... box, and click on Next. (see screenshot below)
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4. Click on Next. (see screenshot below)
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5. Select (dot) what type of scan you would like to run, and click on Next. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: If you select Customized scan, then you would need to click on Choose Folder first to select what folder and it's contents you want scanned.
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6. When the scan is finished and if nothing is found, then click on Finish. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If something suspicious is found, it will give you an option of what to do with it.
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Note   Note
The Microsoft Safety Scanner scan log results are located at:

C:\Windows\Debug\msert.log

Example msert.log file:
Code:
 
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Microsoft Safety Scanner v1.0, (build 1.101.1492.0)
Started On Thu Apr 14 21:34:49 2011
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:952 (code 0x00000490 (1168))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:4396 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\pagefile.sys (code 0x00000020 (32))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\pagefile.sys (code 0x0000054F (1359))
Results Summary:
----------------
No infection found.
Microsoft Safety Scanner Finished On Thu Apr 14 21:56:10 2011
 
Return code: 0 (0x0)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Microsoft Safety Scanner v1.0, (build 1.101.1492.0)
Started On Thu Apr 14 21:57:48 2011
Microsoft Safety Scanner Finished On Thu Apr 14 21:58:05 2011
 
Return code: 0 (0x0)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Microsoft Safety Scanner v1.0, (build 1.101.1492.0)
Started On Thu Apr 14 21:58:10 2011
Extended Scan Results : C:\Users
----------------
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:5476 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\pagefile.sys (code 0x00000020 (32))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\pagefile.sys (code 0x0000054F (1359))
No infection found as part of the extended scan
Results Summary:
----------------
No infection found.
Microsoft Safety Scanner Finished On Thu Apr 14 22:04:18 2011
 
Return code: 0 (0x0)

That's it,
Shawn







15 Apr 2011   #1
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Great tutorial
I had never heard of this program before, just MSE!

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15 Apr 2011   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Another great tutorial Shawn

I don't know how you do it, 7 has been RTM for more than 18 months, and yet you still manage to come up with ways to educate us.... I thought you'd have been running out of steam by now

I take my hat off to you sir, or I would if I owned a hat.
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15 Apr 2011   #3
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Great idea, thanks
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15 Apr 2011   #4
Archmage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Great tip, and another good tool. Thanks.
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15 Apr 2011   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Another great tutorial Shawn

I don't know how you do it, 7 has been RTM for more than 18 months, and yet you still manage to come up with ways to educate us.... I thought you'd have been running out of steam by now

I take my hat off to you sir, or I would if I owned a hat.
Thank you Martin. I'll never run out of steam.

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15 Apr 2011   #6
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Great tutorial Brink! I didn't know this tool. I'll try it. Thanks.
(I can't rep you.. )
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15 Apr 2011   #7
Archmage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by StalkeR View Post
Great tutorial Brink! I didn't know this tool. I'll try it. Thanks.
(I can't rep you.. )
Me too.
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16 Sep 2011   #8
artinusa

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper

Thanks for the tutorial..I just hope after creating a 'sweeper' I never need it..
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