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Thread: Why did Microsoft release Microsoft Safety Scanner?

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    Default Why did Microsoft release Microsoft Safety Scanner?

    Just thinking aloud ...

    Microsoft has released Microsoft Safety Scanner. It discontinued Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner.



    For end-users, Microsoft already has Malicious Software Removal Tool which scans for select malware only. Microsoft also has Microsoft Security Essentials, a free antivirus.

    Now MSS will scan for and remove all malware that MSE does!

    So obviously a MSE user wont have the need for MSS. So the only reason could be that MS hopes that those using other 3rd party antivirus programs, may use MSS as an on-demand scanner.

    And now, now do we need the MSRT? Sure its a small download which can be pushed via WU ... but otherwise, it does get superseded I suppose.

    Your thoughts...

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    Safety Scanner was more than just a Virus scanner as you may know. It did registry checks and a few other things and I will be sorry to see it go. I used to use it regularly to verify that an infected machine did not have any remnants of infections on it after using a few of the other pretty powerful tools out there. MSE while free for most home and personal use does have licensing limitations to it, so it is NOT a solution for everyone out there.

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    As you specified in the main blog, Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner was discontinued by Microsoft and now it's revamping it with new name The Microsoft Safety Scanner

    Now let us use & check what's new with it !!!

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    I did not like the WL OneCare Safety Scanner extra features. The point of the scanner was to obtain an on-line scan to detect and remove malicious software, not tweak the registry, which Microsoft now acknowledges is not needed (see Are registry cleaners necessary?).

    The Microsoft Safety Scanner will essentially have the same definitions as MSE at the time of download, thus the reason for the expiration. We all know that not every A/V software detects everything. Having an alternate scanner for additional detection can be very useful with an infected computer.

    The Malicious Software Removal Tool targets specific malicious software. The current list is available at Families Cleaned by the Malicious Software Removal Tool

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    Hi folk..Does MRT always scan in the background?

    There are no options there besides full scan or quick

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    Corrine, Microsoft says there;

    Occasionally, a registry setting can become corrupt but, in general, the registry is self-sufficient. If you do decide to install a registry cleaner, be sure to research the product and only download and install programs from software publishers that you trust.
    If it indeed is not needed, then they are not being clear or categorical about it unfortunately. Probably because it will hit the large ecosystem of Registry Cleaners software vendors.

    Bellaar, MSRT is an on-demand tool, and you can run it from its interface.

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    Question

    1. Does the Safety Scanner Malware Definitions (Signatures) include everything
    included in the Malicious Software Removal Tool ones?

    2. Does the Malicious Software Removal Tool include Malware Definitions (Signatures)
    that are NOT included in the Safety Scanner ?

    3.
    In terms of Detection & Removal, does the Safety Scanner offer
    what the Malicious Software Removal Tool does? [SS = MSRT + more]

    4.
    Do users STILL need BOTH Tools?




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    Hi, 212eta.

    Your questions aren't being ignored. I needed to confirm some information prior to responding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
    Hi, 212eta.

    Your questions aren't being ignored. I needed to confirm some information prior to responding.
    There is No Rush.

    Take your Time.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Lets wait for Corrine's reply - but I'm guessing ...

    Yes
    No
    Yes
    No


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