MBSA 2.3 Preview Release Available

Based on a statement made by Microsoft in the August 2012 security bulletin, I wrote a short blog post back in November 2012 that there would be no MBSA version available for Windows 8. But it looks like plans have changed as Microsoft has now released a preview version of MBSA 2.3 that does provide support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 as well as the new server editions. MBSA 2.3 release adds support for Windows Read More …

ToolTip: Simple IP/IP Range Ping

I guess the name says it all, Simple IP/IP Range Ping is a small FREE standalone utility to scan an IP range. Simple IP/IP Range ping can be downloaded from here

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 …

ToolTip: SoftPerfect Network Scanner

Just found another nice FREE Utility. As the name says SoftPerfect Network Scanner allows you to scan your network and allows you to find any IP, NetBIOS or SNMP enabled devices. The tool also supports Remote WMI, Registry and Service access that can be customized to your own needs. The Tool does not require installation. Download SoftPerfect Network Scanner from here

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 …