Microsoft Safety Scanner

Do you think your PC has a virus?

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.

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.

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a replacement for using an antivirus software program that provides ongoing protection.

For real-time protection that helps to guard your home or small business PCs against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, download Microsoft Security Essentials.

Have a safer PC and web browsing experience

Microsoft Security Essentials
Genuine Windows customers get a complimentary subscription to Microsoft Security Essentials, the award-winning antivirus software that helps you protect your PC.

Internet Explorer
Get the latest version of Microsoft's more secure browser with SmartScreen Filter, which helps you avoid socially engineered malware phishing Web sites and online fraud when browsing the Web.

Windows Live
With Windows Live Family Safety, you can help keep your kids safer on the Internet with rules you personalize. You also can get tools to help monitor what they are doing online.

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