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Microsoft System Sweeper Review and How To Video

Last night I uploaded my review of the bootable anti-virus solution from Microsoft called Microsoft System Sweeper.  This is basically Microsoft’s answer to removing hard to delete malware (like Rootkits).  System Sweeper is being used by Microsoft support to drastically shorten support calls/cases involving hard to remove malware.

Here are a few important facts about Microsoft System Sweeper:

  • System Sweeper comes in 2 “flavors”.  One for 32-bit versions of Windows and one for 64-bit Versions of Windows.
  • It requires an internet connection.  I prefer using a wired connection.
  • You can update the definitions from within the bootable environment, so there is no need to recreate the USB or CD everyday.
  • It does require a blank CD or DVD or you can use a flash drive (if your computer support booting from a flash drive).
  • I suggest doing a custom scan and then selecting C: (or whatever drive contains your OS)

I used Microsoft System Sweeper against a pc so infected it wouldn’t even login, here are the results.

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Malware and Anti-Malware News 6-1-11

  • New version of Mac Defender is released just hours after the May 31 patch issued by Apple.   I like how everyone is making a big deal about this.  Did they just think that all the variants would just stop?  Get used to it Apple…everyday.  Oh, btw the new variant is called mdinstall.pkg.
  • Microsoft releases System Sweeper – A free bootable Anti-Virus scanner designed to clean an infected 32 or 64 bit PC via the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE).  Not only is this great for home users it’s going to really cut down on the duration of their support calls concerning malware.  You can download it from here:
    http://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper
  • Malwarebytes 1.51 officially released.  New feature highlights are faster updating (who cares), a built-in 14 day trial (useful) and the “on access” protection is now lighter.  You can read about the other upgrades here:
    http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=85992
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