Jan 26, 2012

Got a Nasty Virus? Sweep That Crap On Boot Up!

I am a huge fan of Microsoft’s latest antivirus programs. I have used many antivirus programs over the years, Norton, McAfee, Symantec, AVG, Sophos, TrendMicro, etc. I have had the best results from Microsoft Security Essentials, and it’s corporate counterpart Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection.

Microsoft has stepped up to the security plate again, this time offering a really cool free tool that is based on Microsoft Security Essentials product that will allow you to boot to a USB drive, and run an offline malware scan.

The tool is called Microsoft System Sweeper. From the download page:

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta is not a replacement for a full antivirus solution providing ongoing protection; it is meant to be used in situations where you cannot start your PC due to a virus or other malware infection.

Check out this video showing System Sweeper in Action:

What do you think about this tool? Sounds awesome? Perhaps you know of a better tool. Let us know in the comments.

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