Computer Security

How Do I Run The Malicious Software Removal Tool?

Every month with Windows updates you may notice update’s to the  Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool which Microsoft updates with all their updates on “update Tuesday”

“The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows 7 and 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove any infection found.

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

But here is the problem.

It is not in the programs on your computer , so how do you run it?

Here is the answer.

  • Go to the start menu and type run , then a dialogue box will appear and then type MRT.
  • It will then prompt you to do a scan from quick , to a full scan and if you have any doubt you should do the full scan.

A full scan may take a full night so let it run overnight.

Remember this is no substitute for an antivirus program.

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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