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​​ Traditional defense mechanisms such as Anti-Virus (AV) products are often ineffective against current malware downloads as AV engines tend to be content based and provide an oracle to malware authors allowing them to repackage their software until it is no longer detected. Similarly, URL blacklists such as Google’s Safe Browsing API  work well for identifying compromised web pages which tend to be relatively static, but cannot be completely up to date in identifying all the domains from which malware is being distributed.

                                                    Microsoft Safety Scanner  -   Microsoft Security Essentials  -  Malwarebytes 

Do you think your PC has a virus?

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a replacement for using an antivirus software program that provides ongoing protection.

Click to download the  Microsoft Security Safety Scanner:   

Click to download AVG AnitVirus Free:

Malwarebytes is software that will scan, detect and remove spyware from your computer.  There is a free version and a paid version.  Both work very well.

Click to download for Malwarebytes:                   


 This is a list of Microsoft Sysinternals Tools

Tune up your Windows 10 / 11  

If you have a Windows 8 or 8.1 operating system and you would like for it to look and feel more like Windows 7 you can download and install Classic Shell.  It is a free program and if you decide you don't like it you can always uninstall it.

Click to download Classic Shell.

System Requirements

Classic Shell works on  Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and their server counterparts (Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016). Both 32 and 64-bit versions are supported. The same installer works for all versions.

Note: Windows RT is not supported.