Use F-Secure Easy Clean To Scan Your System For Malware

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 11, 2012
Updated • Apr 12, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

F-Secure Easy Clean is a standalone security software for Windows that scans a system for malware. It is in this regard similar to the excellent Dr. Web CureIt which serves an identical purpose. Easy Clean requires an active Internet connection during the scan as it is connecting to cloud-based servers for information during the scan. This is unlike CureIt which can be run locally without active Internet connection.

F-Secure Easy Clean on the plus side of things comes as a 4 Megabyte standalone executable that is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The program itself scans the computer for various popular threats, including rootkits, worms and other types of malware. This is similar to Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool which also only cleans known and popular threats.

F-Secure Easy Clean

f-secure easy clean

The program is dead easy to use. Windows users need to start the program with elevated rights. From then on it is just a few clicks to complete the scan of the system. F-Secure Easy Clean scans for rootkits right away, and will prompt for a reboot afterwards after which the scan continues before the desktop loads. It is necessary to start Windows with the same user account the program was started in.

The program suggests to turn off any antivirus solution that is running in the background to avoid that some files are locked by those programs.

f-secure easy clean scan

The scan, including reboot, should not take more than a few minutes. The program can remove common viruses, worms and other types of malware that it detects on a system. The developers note however that it is not a full antivirus product, and as such can't remove all malware from a system.

Adventurous users can download the Easy Clean Beta instead which uses "pre-production databases and components that users can try before their official release".

Closing Words

The restrictions make F-Secure Easy Clean a solid alternative to Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool, especially since it covers a wider range of malware that it can detect and clean. The products reliance on an Internet connection, the required reboot during scan,  and the lack of a larger malware database make it inferior to full standalone scanners such as Cure It from Dr. Web.

Still, if you are looking for another scanner to scan a Windows PC for malware, you will find that Easy Clean is a solid option for that.

Update: Some users have mentioned that the program has removed false positives on their system, and made changes to it, without first giving them an option to accept or block the changes. Caution is therefor advised, and most users are probably better of with Dr.Web CureIt.


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  1. Anonymous said on April 13, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Darryl: don’t be an asshole, the author had no idea the program did this.

    I love this site, mistakes happen.

  2. Darryl said on April 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Looks like ghacks has gone the wayside of filling it’s pages with whatever junk comes along. Keep it up and I’m gone.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      I have added an update to the post to reflect the experience that some users had with it.

  3. EuroSkept1C said on April 12, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Over a year now I don’t use any form of Anti-virus… Not a single problem appeared… But if I’ll have to for any reason. MSE should be more than enough. Only Router’s Firewall and Windows’ to block a few things for outbound connections. But mostly, I know what I’m doing and few times I count on luck ’cause I’m downloading very few ‘suspicious’ files.

  4. Chris Earner said on April 12, 2012 at 1:17 am

    It also removed a “Suspicious W32/Malware!Online” file on my machine without identifying what it was.

    Not only did it turn on automatic updates, but it also reset explorer’s “show hidden files” setting to the default (unchecked).

  5. Transcontinental said on April 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Just discovered what ‘F-Secure Easy Clean’ had removed on my system : minimonitor.scr
    minimonitor.scr is a component of PcWinTech’s CleanMem ver. 2.4.0, is is perfectly healthy by the standards of VirusTotal.
    So, this ‘F-Secure Easy Clean’ removed a false-positive, which can happen, but it neither quarantined the file nor even mentioned it!
    “W32/Malware!Online” is moreover a generic denomination known to handle several false-positives, I mean where is F-Secure leading to? Is this a gadget required for the company’s self-promotion? Gosh, this crap is dangerous :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 12, 2012 at 12:22 am

      wow that is actually pretty bad.

  6. Transcontinental said on April 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I’ve tried this ‘F-Secure Easy Clean’, required reboot twice, took overall around 15minuntes, and announced proudly it had removed a “Suspicious W32/Malware!Online” threat. Didn’t mention what had been deleted (though “suspicious” only) and reconfigured Microsoft Updates to Automatic.
    I call such a protocol junk, which leads to garbage one way ticket.

  7. GiddyUpGo said on April 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I don’t think I would turn off my antivirus and access a cloud site as the program mentions to do so.
    Maybe for me it is better to not try this program.

    1. Sujay said on April 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      You can even run scan without shutting down your Antivirus.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        You are right. I did that and did not encounter any issues. I probably would run it without deactivating first, and only consider deactivating if I’d run into issues during the scan.

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