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Malware / Virus Scanning & Removal

Windows built-in Tools

Windows Defender / Microsoft Security Essentials

  • Defender was originally the MS name for an anti-spyware tool MS purchased in 2004. It eventually shipped with Vista and Win 7
  • MSE was never bundled with Windows
  • MSE was anti-virus anti-malware tool, needs to be downloaded for XP & Win 7
  • Defender in Win 10 is what MSE was: an anti virus/malware tool
  • Reference

Malicious Software Removal Tool

CLI: mrt

Third party

  • AVG
  • Trendmicro - Housecall
  • Malwarebytes
  • Kaspersky - Rescue disk can scan boot sector of an off-line disk