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Developer(s) Geert Moernaut
Stable release / March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Malware diagnostic & removal
License Freeware

RunScanner is a freeware Microsoft Windows system utility which scans a windows system for all configured running programs and autostart locations.


The program was created as a "best of both worlds" effort to combine all positive features in similar programs like HijackThis, Autoruns and Silentrunners. Unlike similar programs, RunScanner connects to an online database to rate the good and the bad items. The main purpose of the database is to do whitelisting [1] instead of blacklisting.


RunScanner scans all windows autostart locations and gives the user the possibility to delete misconfigured and malware items. Inexperienced users can post their log files to forums where specialist helpers can help them to solve their malware problems. Advanced users can use all features that modern malware fighters have come to expect.[2] Unlike other similar software, RunScanner can also exchange binary files with other users.

Main features[edit]

  • Scanning of 100+ hijack locations
  • Verification of file signatures
  • MD5 hash calculation of files
  • Online malware analysis of results
  • Extended filters
  • Item marking
  • Powerful process killer
  • Plain text logfile generation
  • Binary .run logfile generation
  • Hosts file editor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] The rise of whitelisting
  2. ^ [2] Advanced Malware Cleaning (Mark Russinovich)

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