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Windows 7: Is MSSS needed for my computer

17 Jul 2011   #1
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 
Is MSSS needed for my computer

I have .....
Microsoft Security Essentials as my real-time protection
Malewarebytes as my on-demand

Question :
What does MSSS ( Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper ) do that the above 2 cannot, or not as good ?

Thank you.


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17 Jul 2011   #2
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Standalone scanners are useful for when your system can't run well enough to run a normal scan. For instance, if you couldn't properly boot to Windows, anything installed on the computer would be unable to run, too. You run the standalone version off a cdrom or DVD, allowing you to clean things up. It's really an "In case of emergency, break glass" kind of thing.
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17 Jul 2011   #3
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Standalone scanners are useful for when your system can't run well enough to run a normal scan. For instance, if you couldn't properly boot to Windows, anything installed on the computer would be unable to run, too. You run the standalone version off a cdrom or DVD, allowing you to clean things up. It's really an "In case of emergency, break glass" kind of thing.

>>>> You run the standalone version off a cdrom or DVD, allowing you to clean things up.

I have made a DVD for MSSS.
I also have copied Malwarebytes to a DVD.

Question :
If I cannot boot onto Windows, can I run the Malwarebytes DVD and clean things up ?
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17 Jul 2011   #4
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

If it's a standalone version and you made a bootable DVD you could, otherwise it's just a program stored on a disc. "Standalone" means it doesn't require any other software (Windows, Linux, etc) to run. Any program which needs to be "Installed" before you can run it would not work.

Another thing to keep in mind is the date of your virus definitions. A disc you made last winter would probably not catch any viruses released since then. The best bet, should you find yourself in a bind, is to make a fresh disc with up-to-date definitions. Obviously, you would need another computer to do that. If that's not possible, I'd recommend making an updated emergency disc every month or so. Blanks DVDs cost a lot less than taking your computer into the shop because you can't boot it at all.
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17 Jul 2011   #5
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Thank you.

That answers all my questions.
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17 Jul 2011   #6
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

You are very welcome.
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