The Microsoft Malware Removal Tool, or the Malicious Software Removal Tool, as it is also known, is a 'stealth' Malware removal tool that aggressively scans your computer for especially troublesome suspicious programs.
Malware with exotic names such as Sasser, zBot and Mydoom, with ratings of Severe, means they can cause lots of damage to you and your computer. They are also very difficult to remove.
'Stealth' removal tools usually eliminate targeted malicious programs from your computer.
The updated Microsoft Malware Removal Tool is released on the second Tuesday of each month, also known as Patch Tuesday.
If Microsoft are alerted to any serious threats they release the updated tool on a more regular basis.
If you have Windows updates switched ON, this tool will download and run silently on your computer, removing any suspect software found (Accept the license agreement if prompted).
A report is also sent to Microsoft to track Malware behaviour.
However, if you have Windows updates switched OFF, or you have recurring problems with Malware, read on.
This tutorial takes you through each step to download and run the Malware removal tool manually. This is a good idea as it could be argued that running the tool once a month is not enough.
Listed below is a link to each part of the process. This gives you the option to either read through the whole page, or hop to the feature of interest.
Step 5 gives you the opportunity to tell site visitors about other Malware removal tools. Which one do you use? Is it better than the Microsoft offering?
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To download the correct version of the tool for your computer:
If you are unsure whether you have a 32 bit or 64 bit operating system, take a look at the Microsoft Windows 7 tutorial
The next step is to setup the Microsoft Malware Removal Tool to run the correct scan for your circumstances.
The next step is to look at the completed scan report and what to do if Malware is found.
The Microsoft Malware Removal Tool is not an alternative to a good anti Malware program that is monitoring your computer.
To understand more about malicious software take a look at the Computer AntiSpyware page (Opens New Window) which offers good advice on how to keep Spyware out of your computer.
The Microsoft Malware Removal Tool is a program written to tackle a very limited number of threats that can cause major damage. This doesn't mean your computer is permanently safe.
It means your computer is free of the Malware it is looking for at this moment in time.
Go here to find out how to choose a good Laptop Security Suite (Opens New Window). The suggestions also work on desktop computers.
There is also good information on how to avoid rogue security software that can catch you out on the Internet.
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