How to scan an infected Windows computer? With a second opinion malware scanner

Christoph Fürbahs
Feb 18 · 5 min read

You have a potentially infected Windows computers and want to scan it. Here are a few possible apps. All the software mentioned in this article is free and runs on Windows Client and Server operating systems.

Differences between the malware scanners

Quick scan / full disk scan

HitmanPro, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner can’t scan whole disks.
They only do a “quick scan”, which includes the most important parts of the disk where malware is typically located.
Microsoft Safety Scanner, Dr. Web CureIt, Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool and Trend Micro HouseCall are able to scan all disks on a computer.

Offline use / online only use

HitmanPro, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner, Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool and Trend Micro HouseCall are only usable if you have an internet connection.
Microsoft Safety Scanner and Dr. Web CureIt can be used without an internet connection.

Network drives / local drives only

Microsoft Safety Scanner, Dr. Web CureIt and Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool are able to scan network drives.

Conclusion

Microsoft Safety Scanner and Dr. Web CureIt can be used in every situation.

HitmanPro for Beginners

  • Download the 64-bit version
  • Start the app
  • Settings -> Scan for Tracking Cookies -> off -> OK
  • start menu -> Next
  • Now it’s scanning your computer
  • Finish

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner

  • Exit

Microsoft Safety Scanner

  • Download the 64-bit version
  • Start the app
  • You can start a quick scan or a full scan
log file saved in c:\windows\debug\msert.log
  • Exit

Dr. Web CureIt

  • Options -> Settings -> Exclusions
  • Scan contents of the following files: -> Archives -> on
  • ok
  • Select “Start scanning” for a quick scan or “Select objects for scanning” to scan all disks (recommended)
  • Finish

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

  • Change parameters -> Objects to scan -> turn all disks on (recommended)
  • Add object -> Select C:\ -> OK
  • Start scan
  • Finish

Trend Micro HouseCall

  • Settings -> Full System Scan (recommended) -> OK
  • Finish

Thanks to Verres Wesselsberg

Christoph Fürbahs

Written by

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade