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Microsoft Safety Scanner: Virus Removal Tool

olddude 20 May 11 - 11:18 AM
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Subject: Virus Removal Tool
From: olddude
Date: 20 May 11 - 11:18 AM

Friends here have been getting a rash of viruses on their PC's. I suspect it is from facebook applications. Anyway the Microsoft Safety scanner has removed everything for them. Just thought I would share this new version. It works ...

new safety scanner


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Subject: RE: Virus Removal Tool
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 May 11 - 03:51 PM

Thanks, Dan. I'll pass it on to my sister as I know she's had one which keeps sending out bogus emails with nefarious links in them.:-)


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Subject: RE: Virus Removal Tool
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 May 11 - 03:52 PM

I did something wrong. Downloaded it, told it to run and was told it was "not a valid WIN32 application." I've got a good virus program anyway, but it never hurts to check.


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Subject: RE: Virus Removal Tool
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 20 May 11 - 04:10 PM

olddude -

I'v run that scanner on two machines thus far. It might be worth noting that on the first machine, running the full scan, I went to bed after about 7 hours, so I know only that it took "longer than that." I suspect "more than 12 hours(?)." This is my "big machine" with lots of record/data files. It showed 380,000 files scanned at 7 hours, and the scan was somewhat more than 500,000 files.

The second (smaller) machine full scan took a little more than 8 hours, with womewhat fewer than 400,000 files, but it's a laptop with much slower drives.

The program can also run a "quick scan" that checks only "likely places" and probably is a lot quicker, but I haven't run it that way.

When you click to get the file, you have the option to "run" or "save." It might, for some, be worth saving so that you can run the quick scan, and then - if needed - run the full scan overnight without needing to download again.

The program has a "ten day license," and should quit working after ten days. Since the threats change continuously it will be obsolete by then anyway, so you'll need to download again to get the latest version if you need to run it again after that. Downloads are unlimited, so you can get a fresh copy as many times as needed.

On both of our computers, it removed a couple of items that our other AV had ignored, but nothing that it found was anything I would have worried about. (We have excellent AV and aren't "adventurous" when browsing.) Anyone who finds a significant infection might want to bookmark the scan-download page. If you picked up malware doing something you do on a regular basis, your odds of getting another one from the same place are somewhat higher, so you may want to make reruns of this tool as easy as possible for later re-use.

John


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Subject: RE: Virus Removal Tool
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 20 May 11 - 04:15 PM

kat -

At the top of the download page there's a link to "get a different version." It's main purpose is so that you can download to one machine and move the file to another machine with a different version of Windows to run it.

The download page should detect what version you're using, but might have made a mistake, or there could have been a download error that didn't get a good file onto your machine. If you need it, it's well worth at least a second try.

John


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Subject: RE: Virus Removal Tool
From: olddude
Date: 20 May 11 - 04:21 PM

John
Microsoft Security Essentials is a full blown system at the middle of the scanner page. That provides full time protection. I tested it and it is an excellent anti virus software system and it is free. The scanner is just for a one time get it off type of thing.

I have security essentials on two of my machines and very very happy with it.


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Subject: RE: Virus Removal Tool
From: gnu
Date: 20 May 11 - 04:43 PM

Dan... should I debit Rogers (my ISP) free security and go with this one?


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Subject: RE: Microsoft Safety Scanner: Virus Removal Tool
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 20 May 11 - 09:06 PM

od -

Security Essentials is, as you say, a full time AV, and is pretty good. I don't consider it quite as "complete" as the protection suite I have elsewhere, but the one I use isn't a free one.

gnu - If you're running Windows, Security Essentials is very good. A free program provided by your ISP isn't likely to be better, but may have features that are "peculiar" to your ISP. These "features(?)" can sometimes be helpful and other times .....(?). The key to a simple assessment is the name: Security Essentials. It doesn't pretend to cover all threats, but concentrates on (and may be better at stopping) the threats currently being found when the update site runs the Malware Remover.

Microsoft recently posted the claim that one of every fourteen downloads is malware or is infected with malware. (But I think that number probably comes mostly from the Facebook users.)

For a totally inappropriate comparison:

Apple to support staff: Don't discuss Mac malware. (An unconfirmed rumor, of course.)

John


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