How to Use Microsoft Safety Scanner in Windows


Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free scan tool designed to find and remove malware from Windows computers. Simply download it and run a scan to find malware and try to reverse changes made by identified threats.

Microsoft Safety Scanner only scans when manually triggered and is available for use 10 days after being downloaded. It is recommend that you always download the latest version of this tool before each scan.

Microsoft Safety scanner is a portable executable and does not install itself on your computer. To remove this tool, you would just delete the downloaded msert.exe executable file.


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This tutorial will show you how to scan your computer on-demand for malware with the portable Microsoft Safety Scanner tool in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

This tool does not replace your antimalware product. For real-time protection with automatic updates, use Windows Defender Antivirus on Windows 10 and Windows 8 or Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7. These antimalware products also provide powerful malware removal capabilities.






Here's How:

1 Download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Microsoft Safety Scanner for your same 32-bit or 64-bit Windows.

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2 Save the msert.exe to where you want, and run it.

3 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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4 Check the Accept all terms of the preceding license agreement box, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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6 Select (dot) the type of scan (ex: Quick, Full, or Customized) you want performed, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

If you select Customized scan, you will need to click/tap on the Choose Folder button, select the drive or folder you want to scan, click/tap on OK, and then click/tap on Next.


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7 Microsoft Safety Scanner will now start scanning what you selected. (see screenshot below)

If the tool finds any infections, it will identify the malware that it has found and then remove that malware from your computer, or give you options for what to do.


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8 If the scan completes without any issues found, click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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9 If you like, the Microsoft Safety Scanner scan log results are located at: C:\Windows\Debug\msert.log

Example msert.log file:

Code:
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Microsoft Safety Scanner v1.0, (build 1.301.1043.0)
Started On Wed Sep 11 12:05:16 2019
Microsoft Safety Scanner Finished On Wed Sep 11 12:08:24 2019


Return code: 0 (0x0)

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Microsoft Safety Scanner v1.0, (build 1.301.1043.0)
Started On Wed Sep 11 12:28:11 2019

Extended Scan Results : C:\Users\Brink\Downloads
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->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:88,ProcessStart:132125973405458028 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:156,ProcessStart:132125973405982416 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:532,ProcessStart:132125973443691751 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:748,ProcessStart:132125973465060956 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:848,ProcessStart:132125973473932815 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:920,ProcessStart:132125973474499170 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:964,ProcessStart:132125973474771623 (code 0x000003E6 (998))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:2804,ProcessStart:132125973483897455 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:3996,ProcessStart:132125973495702029 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:5180,ProcessStart:132125973501520677 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:5212,ProcessStart:132125973501538927 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:7044,ProcessStart:132125973517568219 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:9984,ProcessStart:132125973665790979 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:12056,ProcessStart:132125974721828675 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:12412,ProcessStart:132125974726736980 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:3992,ProcessStart:132126299574744823 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:8564,ProcessStart:132126859531635168 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:15168,ProcessStart:132126963636572956 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:15168,ProcessStart:132126963636572956 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:3996,ProcessStart:132125973495702029 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:5212,ProcessStart:132125973501538927 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:9984,ProcessStart:132125973665790979 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:12056,ProcessStart:132125974721828675 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:8564,ProcessStart:132126859531635168 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:7044,ProcessStart:132125973517568219 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:5180,ProcessStart:132125973501520677 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:12412,ProcessStart:132125974726736980 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\hiberfil.sys (code 0x00000020 (32))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\hiberfil.sys (code 0x00000020 (32))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\pagefile.sys (code 0x00000020 (32))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\pagefile.sys (code 0x00000020 (32))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\swapfile.sys (code 0x00000020 (32))
->Scan ERROR: resource file://C:\swapfile.sys (code 0x00000020 (32))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:5180,ProcessStart:132125973501520677 (code 0x00000005 (5))
->Scan ERROR: resource process://pid:5180,ProcessStart:132125973501520677 (code 0x00000005 (5))
No infection found as part of the extended scan

Results Summary:
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No infection found.
Microsoft Safety Scanner Finished On Wed Sep 11 12:37:44 2019


Return code: 0 (0x0)

That's it,
Shawn