Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper for Offline Scan and Start Unbootable PC

After releasing two free anti-virus tools, Microsoft Safety Scanner and Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft has also released a beta version of recovery tool that can help the users to start their infected PC when all other anti-virus solutions failed. The Microsoft recovery tool is called as Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper, which is being designed to reboot the infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits as well as other advanced malware. Besides working as a recovery tool, it also can be used when the installed anti-virus solutions can’t be started, and detect or remove malware on the PC. 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.

You need a blank CD, DVD, or USB drive with at least 250 MB of space, to get started. Next, download and run the tool – the tool will help you to create the bootable media required to run the software on your PC.

The architecture of Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta does not have to be the same as the Windows operating system of the computer used to create the bootable media. It does need to be the same architecture (32-bit or the 64-bit) as the Windows operating system of the computer infected with a virus or malware.