How To test if your Antivirus program is working

I was doing some Antivirus stuff this afternoon now let me share with you how to test if your Antivirus program is working, e.g. alerts you in the event of a virus. Of course you can go to certain places on the internet where it won’t take long until you get a real virus, but that’s probably not what you want to do, so here’s a brief description how to use the “Test-Virus”. Go to Read More …

How the Windows Defender Offline Beta Tool works

In addition to the Microsoft Security Essentials software and the Microsoft Safety Scanner Microsoft just recently released another FREE antimalware removal product called the Windows Defender Offline Beta. While Security Essentials and Safety Scanner run within Windows, the purpose of the  Windows Defender Offline Tool is to run offline from bootable USB or CD/DVD media. In fact the tool isn’t really something new, those familiar with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Suite (MDOP) which includes Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft Safety Scanner

If you’re looking for a FREE Virus and Malware scanning tool that does not require installation, have a look at the Microsoft Safety Scanner tool. The software runs on Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows XP. I wonder why Server 2008 and 2008-R2 are not listed, but the fact that it does support Server 2003 makes it a perfect utility for my Windows Home Server. Note that the Microsoft Safety Scanner does Read More …

Running a Custom Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials using a Batch Script

Here’s a small script I just wrote to perform an antivirus scan against a specified file. @Echo off FOR /F "Tokens=4" %%a IN (‘"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\AntiMalWare\mpcmdrun.exe" -Scan -ScanType 3 -File C:\TEMP\test1.wim -DisableRemediation’) DO SET THREAT=%%a Echo. if "%THREAT%"=="no" (     color 2F     Echo No Threats Found – All clean     ) ELSE (     color 4F     Echo WARNING! Virus Found ) Echo. pause If all is OK you get the following result Read More …

Forefront vs. the competition

With two customers telling me within just one week that they both have plans to replace their existing client security solutions with Microsoft Forefront Client Security I thought it’s about time to get a better understanding of the FCS product. After having visited the Microsoft Forefront Client Security product page I continued searching the web for additional information and stumbled upon the Forefront vs. the competition blog post on Microsoft-NOW.

Managing Microsoft Security Essentials from the Command Line

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is Microsoft’s free Antivirus Software which helps protecting clients against viruses and spyware. For years I had used other free Antivirus programs on my home based clients, but have switched them all to MSE since it’s release in September 2009. The MSE binaries are located in the following folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials. In that folder we also find the MpCmdRun.exe which provides a command line interface for MSE. The tool Read More …