As you know Microsoft stopped “Windows Live OneCare” and started offering its antivirus “Microsoft Security Essentials” for free to all Genuine Windows Copy users, Microsoft now renamed their free scanner “ Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner” for viruses removal to Microsoft Safety Scanner and made available for free download from their website.
Much like scanners offered by other security vendors Microsoft Safety Scanner provides on-demand scanning and helps in removing viruses, spyware and other malicious software. This is not a replacement for antivirus instead works along with your antivirus in your Computer.
Using Microsoft Safety Scanner
Microsoft Safety Scanner is a standalone tool you don’t need to install this in your Computer and offers 3 modes of scan – Quick Scan, Full Scan and Customized scan. After choosing the scan depending on scan type this tool scans for viruses, spywares and other malware and automatically removes if any found.
After the scan is over, a report is shown with threats detected and removed. Microsoft Safety Scanner expires after 10 days of download, so you should re-download and rerun the scan again with latest anti-malware definitions.