If you currently have anti-virus or anti-malware software installed and you think your computer system has been compromised and you need a second opinion; an option to consider is Microsoft’s Safety Scanner.
The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.
The purpose of the Microsoft Safety Scanner is just that. It is a safety scanner and not full install antivirus software package with realtime protection. Simply download and run.
Note: 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.
Reflected below are screenshots of Microsoft Safety Scanner to give you an idea what to expect after you download and run the scanner file.
Accept the End User License Agreement
A notice advising you that Microsoft Security Scanner is not a replacement for an anti-malware solution; however, the tool is engineered to remove viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software.
Scan Type: Determineswhether you want to perform a “Quick Scan”, a “Full Scan” or a “Customized Scan”. I recomment the “Full Scan” if you suspect any problems with your PC.
Scanning Your Computer
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