Linked by fran on Wed 20th Apr 2011 21:31 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has released its free Microsoft Safety Scanner. This scans for and removes malware from Windows systems without requiring prior installation. According to AV-Test's Andreas Marx, the on-demand anti-virus scanner appears to be based on the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), but with the addition of a complete signature database. MSRT used a mini database of widely distributed threats and is distributed monthly via the automatic update function."
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RE: Needs a LiveCD Option
by twitterfire on Thu 21st Apr 2011 14:23 UTC in reply to "Needs a LiveCD Option"
twitterfire
Member since:
2008-09-11

This needs a LiveCD option to be really useful. As long as the malware is running on the OS, then there's still a significant chance that it can re-infect the system after it's "removed" by the AV program. Booting into a separate OS is the only way to guarantee that the malware can't be running when it's removed.

I'm hoping this can be combined with BartPE to make that happen. ;)


That's no need for a live CD. When AV finds a nasty virus, it can reboot the OS in safe mode, without loading start-up programs, services, etc.

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RE[2]: Needs a LiveCD Option
by rr7.num7 on Thu 21st Apr 2011 15:16 in reply to "RE: Needs a LiveCD Option"
rr7.num7 Member since:
2010-04-30

Yes, there is. Half the time, the malware is still active in safe mode and cannot be completely removed, (it reinfects the system).

Edited 2011-04-21 15:17 UTC

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RE[2]: Needs a LiveCD Option
by umccullough on Thu 21st Apr 2011 19:38 in reply to "RE: Needs a LiveCD Option"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

That's no need for a live CD. When AV finds a nasty virus, it can reboot the OS in safe mode, without loading start-up programs, services, etc.


Wow, you've obviously never encountered a truly nasty infection.

Offline scan is the most assured way to find/remove rootkits, etc.

Even then, once a machine is infected, it's often impossible to know if it's clean, you just pray that the 3 or 4 different AV programs you used found everything (often times, one will miss something that the other finds).

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