Jan 27, 2014

How does Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool work?

This is one of this things that is always updated on “Patch Tuesday” but as far as I know I have never used it, nor has it removed anything. How does the Malicious Software Removal Tool work? Does it just run in the background without any required input from me, or do I need to do something that I am not currently doing? Basically I just keep my PC patched and the anti-virus up to date.

Malicious Software Removal Tool

"The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool is an anti-malware utility that checks computers running Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove malware and any other infections found.

When the detection and malware removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malware was detected and removed."

The Malicious Software Removal Tool is a utility that runs in the background, and you don’t need to do anything. It’s updated each month to address what Microsoft determines are the greatest current malware threats and attempts to detect and delete any malware on your computer. http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/malware-removal.aspx

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