Microsoft Safety Scanner

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Microsoft has another security app called Microsoft Safety Scanner.

It appears to be almost identical to the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, so maybe they are in the process of changing names and going to switch to this app instead.

To scan your Windows device with Microsoft Safety Scanner, first visit the download page here and then follow the steps below.

Download Microsoft Safety Scanner

Choose either 32-bit or 64-bit (depending on your version of Windows) and press the Download button.

When asked what you want to do with the file, click 'Save' and download it to your device. If you don't know where your files usually get downloaded, choose 'Save As' and then select your Desktop.

Run, Save or Cancel

When it has finished downloading, choose Run (via the browser) or double-click the file you downloaded to run it.

Run, Open folder and View downloads

If Windows asks 'Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?', click Yes.

Next, you'll get the End user license agreement which you'll need to agree to before you can proceed.:

Microsoft Safety Scanner End user license agreement

Tick/Check the box to accept the agreement and press Enter to continue:

Tick or check box to accept agreement

Next you'll be greeted with the Welcome to the Microsoft Safety Scanner window.

Welcome to the Microsoft Safety Scanner

Now you can choose a scan type: (I chose Quick scan for these examples). And, click 'Next':

Choose a scan type

The removal tool will scan your device for malicious software.

Scanning your computer

When the scan finishes you'll be greeted with the Scan results.

Scan results

If all is well and no viruses, spyware, or other potentially unwanted software is detected, you can click 'Finish' to close the tool.:

If the tool does find any malicious files, it will remove them, and list them in the scanning results.

If you use this app more than once, be sure to download it each time to get the latest version.

NOTE: This tool does not replace your antimalware product. For real-time protection with automatic updates, use Windows Defender Antivirus on Windows 10 and Windows 8 or Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 .These antimalware products also provide powerful malware removal capabilities. If you are having difficulties removing malware with these products, you can refer to our help on removing difficult threats. Microsoft

Get Microsoft Safety Scanner


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