How to Remove Malware Using Microsoft Safety Scanner

Malware, short for malicious software, can compromise the security and performance of your computer. If you suspect that your system is infected, Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free tool that can help you detect and remove malware. Follow these steps to use Microsoft Safety Scanner effectively:

Step 1: Download Microsoft Safety Scanner

  1. Open your web browser and visit the Microsoft Safety Scanner download page.
  2. Choose the version that matches your computer’s architecture (32-bit or 64-bit), and click the download link to start the download.

Step 2: Run Microsoft Safety Scanner

  1. Locate the downloaded file (typically named “msert.exe”) and double-click it to run the tool.
  2. When prompted, accept the Microsoft Software License Terms to continue.

Step 3: Choose a Scan Type

  1. Microsoft Safety Scanner offers three types of scans:
    • Quick Scan: Scans the most common areas where malware is found.
    • Full Scan: Scans your entire computer for malware.
    • Customized Scan: Allows you to select specific folders or drives to scan.
    Choose the scan type that suits your needs. A full scan is recommended for a thorough check.

Step 4: Initiate the Scan

  1. Click the “Next” button to start the scan. Microsoft Safety Scanner will begin scanning your system for malware and potentially unwanted software.

Step 5: Review and Remove Threats

  1. Once the scan is complete, the tool will display a list of detected threats. Review the list carefully.
  2. Check the boxes next to the threats you want to remove.
  3. Click the “Next” button to remove the selected threats. Microsoft Safety Scanner will proceed to clean your system.

Step 6: Reboot Your Computer

  1. After removal, Microsoft Safety Scanner may prompt you to restart your computer to complete the cleaning process. Save your work and restart your PC as instructed.

Step 7: Perform Regular Scans

  1. To keep your system clean, it’s essential to perform regular malware scans. Consider setting up a schedule for periodic scans.

By following these steps, you can effectively use Microsoft Safety Scanner to detect and remove malware from your computer, helping to maintain the security and performance of your system.

Remember that prevention is the best defense against malware. Keep your operating system and antivirus software up to date and exercise caution when downloading files or clicking on links from unknown sources.

If you continue to experience malware issues or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Technical Support team.