Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper (Beta) – Start, Scan & Recover your malware infected Windows PC

Microsoft has made available a recovery tool, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper (Beta), that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. This tool can be downloaded at Microsoft Connect.

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta can also be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can’t detect or remove malware on your PC.

To get started, do make sure that you have a blank CD, DVD, or USB drive with at least 250 MB of space. Then download and run the tool.

The tool will help you to create the bootable media required to run the software on your PC. Click on the portable tool to launch the bootable media creation Wizard.

Click Next and accept the License Agreement

You will be prompted insert a CD, DVD, or USB drive.

Select your preferred option, then click Next. The tool will now help you to create the bootable media required to run the software on your computer.

Note: Just like the Microsoft Safety Scanner, the Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper tool is not a replacement for a full antivirus solution (eg; Microsoft Security Essentials) 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.

The tool is available for 32-bit & 64-bit systems.

Visit Microsoft Connect for the download.

For issues you may encounter while trying to create a bootable CD or DVD and FAQs about the Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta, click here.

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