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Posted 16 April 2011 - 01:16 PM

Tip: Use Microsoft Safety Scanner as back line of your security offense
By Nick Peers on April 15, 2011, 12:29 PM

Microsoft has released a portable standalone security tool designed specifically to scan for and remove viruses, spyware and other threats. Microsoft Safety Scanner comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions for PCs running Windows XP or later.

The download package weighs in at a hefty 70MB, largely due to the fact it includes all the virus definitions it needs. Once downloaded, the tool will work for 10 days before expiring, forcing the user to download a fresh version with the latest updates included.

Microsoft Safety Scanner includes no real-time protection -- it's purely a scan-and-remove tool -- and so can be used alongside existing security software to provide a second opinion or to try and detect and remove threats missed by the primary software. Although it doesn't need to be installed, the program does require Administrator access before it will run.