Microsoft Safety Scanner
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Microsoft Safety Scanner
Microsoft Safety Scanner
Original author(s)Microsoft
Initial release12 April 2011; 8 years ago (2011-04-12)
Operating systemWindows 7; Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP[1]
PlatformIA-32 and x86-64[2][a]
Size154MiB (32-bit); 157MiB (64-bit)[2]
Available in56[2][b] languages
TypeVirus scanner
LicenseFreeware, only for development and test purposes[3]

Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free disposable[clarify]virus scanner similar to Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool that can be used to scan a system for computer viruses and other forms of malware. This program was released on 15 April 2011, following the discontinuation of Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner.[4]

Microsoft Safety Scanner is not meant to be used as a day-to-day tool, since it does not provide real-time protection against viruses, cannot update its virus definitions and expires after ten days. On the other hand, it can be run on a computer which already has an antivirus product without any potential interference. Therefore, it can be used to scan a computer where there is a potential infection and the user wants a second check from another antivirus.[5] It uses the same detection engine and malware definitions that Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection use.[6][7]

License restriction

As of 24 July 2011, part of Microsoft Safety Scanner's end-user license agreement which restricts its use reads:[3]


  1. ^ To see all supported platforms, click "Select your version", located beneath "Download Now" button.
  2. ^ To see all languages, see the drop-down box at the top right corner.


  1. ^ "System Requirements". Microsoft Safety Scanner website. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Microsoft Safety Scanner". Microsoft Safety Scanner website. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Microsoft Software License Terms Microsoft Safety Scanner 1.0". Microsoft Safety Scanner website. Microsoft Corporation. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner finally discontinued". LiveSide.Net. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Nick Peers, Nick (16 April 2011). "Microsoft Safety Scanner (64-bit version) 1.0.3001.0". PC Advisor. IDG. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Presenting... the Microsoft Safety Scanner". Microsoft Malware Protection Center. Microsoft Corporation. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ Introducing Microsoft Antimalware Technologies. Microsoft Corporation. 22 June 2010. p. 9. Retrieved 2011.

Further reading

  1. "Anti-virus to go: Microsoft makes portable anti-virus tool available to download". The H Security. Heise Media UK Ltd. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  2. Peers, Nick (17 April 2011). "Microsoft Safety Scanner detects and removes threats without installation". PC & Tech Authority. Haymarket Media. Retrieved 2011.
  3. Brinkmann, Martin (14 April 2011). "Microsoft Safety Scanner, Free On-Demand Virus Scanner". Retrieved 2011.
  4. Kumar, Sandeep (4 December 2011). "A Portable Virus Scanner and Removal Tool from Microsoft". Retrieved 2011.

External links

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