Beta or prerelease software is not intended for inexperienced users, as the software may contain bugs or may potentially damage your system. We strongly recommend that users exercise caution and save all mission-critical data before installing or using this software.
Microsoft System Sweeper is a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta is not a replacement for a full antivirus solution providing ongoing protection; it is meant to be used in situations where you cannot start your PC due to a virus or other malware infection. For no-cost, real-time protection that helps guard your home or small business PCs against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, download Microsoft Security Essentials.
June 15, 2011
Version: Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper beta (64-bit) 1.0.856.0
1. Easy to use
2. Supports CD, DVD, USB and ISO
3. Easy to update definitions
4. Effective in cleaning infections
1. No available information of contacting support in case of failures.
I came across this tool recently and tried it on one of my infected computers. I used an alternative clean machine to create a bootable USB drive and the overall experience of the tool was great. I was able to boot my infected computer using the USB drive, performed a full scan and it detected about 20 threats. All the threats were subsequently cleaned. I am impressed with the effectiveness and the simplicity of the complete experience. I will add the Standalone System Sweeper USB drive to my collections of PC tools. Great Job Microsoft.