Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta

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iPanik

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Thank you for contacting Microsoft Support. You have been directed here to download and install the beta version of Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta, a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can’t detect or remove malware on your PC.

Main site: http://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper

Looks like Microsoft is working on a bootable scanner. :)
 

McLovin

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Very nice find iPanik. Downloading it now and gonna try it out.
 

Ink

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Choosing the Create Standalone System Sweeper on an ISO file (Advanced) option, as well as changing from the default location:

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McLovin

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Yeah i am downloading it and trying it out on a USB and a ISO image.
 

Ink

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Once booted from the USB/CD image, the UI is exactly like Windows Defender. You can run scans and apply updates (with Internet connection).
 

jamescv7

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From its requirements

The following requirements apply only to the computer infected by a virus or malware:

The computer infected with a virus or malware must have the same Windows operating system architecture as Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta, either 32-bit or 64-bit.
In addition, BitLocker must be disabled to use Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta.
The following requirements apply only to the computer on which you are creating the bootable media:

Internet connection: Required for installation and download of the latest virus and spyware definitions for Standalone System Sweeper.
Internet Browser: Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher or Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or higher.

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Jack

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Looks good. Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper uses the same antivirus engine as Microsoft Security Essentials.
 

MetalShaun

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Can you just run a scan or can you make other changes to the system to help fight an infection?
 

LoftedAphid86

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Jack said:
Looks good. Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper uses the same antivirus engine as Microsoft Security Essentials.
Which may be a perk or a quirk, depending on the type of malware in question.
 

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MetalShaun said:
Can you just run a scan or can you make other changes to the system to help fight an infection?

Update the database and run scans.
 
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