Microsoft Safety Scanner

Microsoft Safety Scanner
Microsoft Safety Scanner
Original author(s) Microsoft Corporation
Initial release 12 April 2011; 6 months ago (2011-04-12)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows 7; Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP[1]
Platform IA-32 and x86-64[2][a]
Size 70 Megabyte[2]
Available in 56 languages[2][b]
Type Virus scanner
License Freeware but only for software developers[3]

Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free disposable virus scanner similar to Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool which 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]

As of 24 July 2011 (2011 -07-24), Microsoft Safety Scanner's end-user license agreement only seems to allow this program to be used for software development purposes.[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 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Microsoft Safety Scanner". Microsoft Safety Scanner website. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS MICROSOFT SAFETY SCANNER 1.0". Microsoft Safety Scanner website. Microsoft Corporation. Archived from the original on 2011-04-22. Retrieved 22 April 2011. "INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS. You may install and use one copy of the software on your device to design, develop and test your programs." 
  4. ^ "Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner finally discontinued". LiveSide.Net. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Nick Peers, Nick (16 April 2011). "Microsoft Safety Scanner (64-bit version) 1.0.3001.0". PC Advisor. IDG. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Presenting... the Microsoft Safety Scanner". Microsoft Malware Protection Center. Microsoft Corporation. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Introducing Microsoft Antimalware Technologies. Microsoft Corporation. 22 June 2010. p. 9. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 

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