Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found.
This tool will help to remove specific, prevalent malicious software from infected systems. Because computers can appear to function normally when infected, Microsoft advises you to run this tool even if your computer seems to be fine. In addition to using this tool, you should use an up-to-date antivirus product to help protect your computer from other malicious software.
Reviewing 5.5 (Oct 8, 2013)
MRT is a tool which runs "Once a month" During Win Updates. Otherwise, It lays dormant unless it is "called Up". It is a useful tool "ONLY" If your system has ground to a halt. (Do Not) rely on MRT/MSERT alone.
(1) A "good" A/v which is Highly configurable.
(2) A "second opinion" like M/ware-Bytes for Instance.
(3) A Nifty tool to keep at hand, TDSSKiller.
- Launch TDSSK: Allow "updates" & then go into (change parameters). Some Items are ticked by default. Also TICK (Detect TDLFS file system).
You "MAY" get a suprise in some cases..!!
Your A/v should be running at all times. Other tools should be used in conjunction with your A/v, but only on a "call-Up" basis. Too many tools monitoring your system in "Real Time" = False positives, & Crashes.
(BUT THAT IS UP TO THE USER)
Still 3* for being an Alternative (Tool)..... "Keep Safe" .. ^_^
Reviewing 5.4 (Sep 10, 2013)
Probably used to have a good look round your units & report back to HQ in Redmond, if you really need this tool you ought to give your PC(s) away :-)
MS came 17th out of 18 AV's on 'AV Comparative' (March - June 2013) tests.
Reviewing 5.3 (Aug 14, 2013)
Download & run MSERT as an alternative to MRT, Or at least give it a try.. lol
Follow this link & Directly below the Big Blue "Download Now" Button.
("Select your Version" link). Click = (32bit - 64bit). Note 10day Expiry.
Usually between 70Mb-90Mb, Portable, Fairly quick scan. Double click & run
from wherever you selected to download. Same UI as if you called up MRT.
Not the best by any imagination, It'll sniff a "Rootkit" among other Bogeys.
The usual 3* for being an Alternative.
Reviewing 5.1 (Jul 6, 2013)
Regcure-pro Removal Tool is a free portable downloadable standalone EXE security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. http://ryanfrost.paretol...et/regcure-pro/download
Regcure-pro is not a replacement for using an antivirus software program that provides ongoing protection.For real-time protection that helps to guard your home or small business PCs against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, download the free Microsoft Security Essentials
Reviewing 4.12 (Sep 12, 2012)
As I already use some pretty decent anti-malware this has never found anything amiss on any of my PC's - If you take the time to read the terms & conditions it's probably of more use to MS to have a bit of a snoop around your PC as anything, I can live with that though & seems harmless enough to me.
BTW although I don't use MSE the detection rates are now pretty good.
I downloaded the Malicious Software Removal Tool on Friday and it ran for over 20 hours on Saturday. It kept displaying file names that began with "client", a bunch of letters and numbers and ended in".xml". After 20 hours I hard booted the PC as it seemed it would never stop. I can't find those files anywhere on my PC. The symptoms of malware are that my hard drive constantly is working. Task Manager says I have 96% t0 98% of the system available. Any ideas here?