Microsoft Safety Scanner (MSERT) is a stand-alone tool on Windows 10 that scans, finds, and removes many types of malware including viruses, spyware, and unwanted software that causes damage to the computer without having to. install on the device.
It is similar to MSRT and works the same as regular anti-malware software. But it doesn’t replace an antivirus solution because it doesn’t offer real-time protection and automatic updates.
It only provides another way to scan and remove infections if you suspect the device has been infected. In addition, the Microsoft Security Scanner is only valid for ten days. Once it expires, you need to download an updated version to make sure that you scan the device with the latest definitions and enhancements of security threats.
Here is a step by step process on how you can use this tool to scan for infected files using command prompt.
Using Microsoft Safety Scanner in Windows 10 with Command Prompt
Step 1: Open the command prompt as administrator on your computer. To do this, open Start and search for Command Prompt. In the search results, right-click the application and select “Run as administrator”.
2nd step: In the command prompt, enter the following command:
In the command, update the path with the location containing the “MSERT.exe” file.
Step 3: Now type the following command to start a forced scan and press Enter:
- Type the following command to perform a full scan and automatically clean infected files:
- Type the following command to run a scan silently:
- Type the following command to run a full scan silently:
msert /f /q
After completing these steps, the tool will scan the computer to detect and remove any malware that it might find.