Windows Live Messenger Virus Scanner Settings

I recently change to ESET’s NOD32 for my virus scanner and realized that I hadn’t set my Windows Live Messenger to use it to scan received files.  I found this helpful posting that describes the necessary steps: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=910390  And those steps are:


1. Login to Messenger.

2. Click on Tools.

3. Click on Options.

4. Click on “File Transfer”.

5. Place a tick in “Scan files for viruses using:”.

6. Paste the following (including the quotation marks):

“C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32.exe” /selfcheck+ /list+ /scroll+ /quit+ /pattern+ /heur+ /scanfile+ /scanboot- /scanmbr- /scanmem- /arch+ /sfx+ /pack+ /mailbox- /adware /unsafe /ah /prompt /all

7. Click on “Apply”.

8. Click on “OK”.

30 thoughts on “Windows Live Messenger Virus Scanner Settings”

  1. Excellent PeterRitchie …

    “C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe” /selfcheck+ /list+ /scroll+ /quit+ /pattern+ /heur+ /scanfile+ /scanboot- /scanmbr- /scanmem- /arch+ /sfx+ /pack+ /mailbox- /adware /unsafe /ah /prompt /all

    This command is working now… when i mention only C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe …… it is opening the Symantec but not scanning…

    When I this path along with ur attributes.. It works…

    Thanks PeterRitchie..

  2. Sorry! I wonder how can the attributes of NOD32
    be used for Rtvscan.exe of Norton as above? I
    have tried many times and only a blank Dos windows pop up for a few seconds! Nor can I
    find other information on the internet saying
    that attributes like:
    “/selfcheck+ /list+ /scroll+ /quit+….”
    can be used for Rtvscan.exe!
    I finally used Vpscan.exe and Vpscan.ini instead for setting up virus scanning in MSN!
    But I really perfer Rtvscan.exe, if possible!
    Thanks a lot!

  3. Does anyone know how to set up AVG as the virus scanner for Windows Live Messenger?

    someone posted this in December. I would also like to know the answer as I tried clicking on the AVG file and when it opened obviously there were loads of things in it and I have no clue which is the one to highlight for this.

  4. Was wondering if you guy/s could please write this on other anti virus to setup a scan, like avira,avast,kaspersky etc etc

    1. Login to Messenger.

    2. Click on Tools.

    3. Click on Options.

    4. Click on “File Transfer”.

    5. Place a tick in “Scan files for viruses using:”.

    6. Paste the following (including the quotation marks):

    “C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32.exe” /selfcheck+ /list+ /scroll+ /quit+ /pattern+ /heur+ /scanfile+ /scanboot- /scanmbr- /scanmem- /arch+ /sfx+ /pack+ /mailbox- /adware /unsafe /ah /prompt /all

    7. Click on “Apply”.

    8. Click on “OK”.

  5. “C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe” /selfcheck+ /list+ /scroll+ /quit+ /pattern+ /heur+ /scanfile+ /scanboot- /scanmbr- /scanmem- /arch+ /sfx+ /pack+ /mailbox- /adware /unsafe /ah /prompt /all

  6. 1. Inicia sesion en Messenger.

    2. Click en Herramientas.

    3. Click en Opciones.

    4. Click en “Transferencia de Archivos”.

    5. Marca la casilla “Examinar los archivos en busca de virus usando:”.

    6. Pega lo siguiente (incluyendo las comillas):

    “C:\Archivos de Programa\Eset\nod32.exe” /selfcheck+ /list+ /scroll+ /quit+ /pattern+ /heur+ /scanfile+ /scanboot- /scanmbr- /scanmem- /arch+ /sfx+ /pack+ /mailbox- /adware /unsafe /ah /prompt /all
    (Siempre y cuando tengas instalado el NOD32 en C:\Archivos de Programa\Eset. De no ser asi, coloca tu ruta de instalacion)

    7. Click en “Aplicar”.

    8. Click en “Aceptar”.

  7. hi, may i ask what version of eset r u using? i’m using version4 but i’m not sure whether the setup step u gave works for me or not. i would like to comfirm it becoz i follow the steps… thank you

  8. por favor ayudenme a configurar el virus scanner en mi messenger , no entiendo q es una ruta de instalacion, perdoneme la ignorancia

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