ReviewerDate ReviewedVersionRatingReview
some guy Feb 11, 2015 5.21
1 out of 5
garbage nagware during Microsoft update ! are you sure ? positive you don't want to install it ? will ask you again and again and again !
nilst2006 Aug 23, 2014 5.15
1 out of 5
Nice spyware !
jamesmeyer Jul 9, 2014 5.14
1 out of 5
I don't understand how this tool has 5 stars rating, It isn't posible to rate it with 0 stars? Avoid it
some guy Jan 14, 2014 5.8
1 out of 5
avoid this tool it's !@#$% worthless ! google it
BANDIT- Oct 8, 2013 5.5
3 out of 5
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.

You need
(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.
Still 3* for being an Alternative (Tool)..... "Keep Safe" .. ^_^
Music4Ever Sep 10, 2013 5.4
2 out of 5
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.
BANDIT- Aug 14, 2013 5.3
3 out of 5
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.
danielw2 Jul 6, 2013 5.1
4 out of 5
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.
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
Music4Ever Sep 12, 2012 4.12
4 out of 5
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.
Zoroaster Aug 14, 2012 4.11
3 out of 5
I don't know if it's useless or not, I guess it's worth having it as an extra check.
Anyway, installing latest version before patch Tuesday like today prevents updates from not only installing it, bun running it, saving an extra 10 minutes or so, for those patching on-line. The application is always served minutes before the patch is released: eat well :)
some guy May 9, 2012 4.8
1 out of 5
oh please this is as worth less as windows will now check for a solution when something crashes
jcollake May 8, 2012 4.8
5 out of 5
They often issue this to remove rootkits or other malware that is otherwise very difficult to detect and remove. Rootkits, after all, can hide from any security software while the OS is booted. I applaud Microsoft's introduction into the security market with this and MSE. This tool basically will take care of any essential threat that need be pushed out due to the infection rate, or implications.
Uriel Apr 10, 2012 4.7
3 out of 5
I'm pretty sure all this does is check and see if your Windows version is genuine.
Music4Ever Apr 10, 2012 4.7
4 out of 5
Oh no! I just realised it's the infamous 'Patch Tuesday' There appears to be no harm in running this although in honesty limited good either?
Input Overload Jan 11, 2012 4.4
4 out of 5
It is no fake, if you think it is you ought to take a ride in the big yellow taxi.

However it's never found anything on any PC's I look after but that means nothing.

I certainly would have no issues running it.
some guy Sep 13, 2011 4.0
2 out of 5
no definition update option, most recent fake viruses like prevent your system from execution of a .exe so Google & Malwarebytes & safemode your best bet or use Linux, from A computer repair shop !
calebscomputers Apr 12, 2011 3.18
5 out of 5
From an actual Computer repair shop. This tool is very useful for machines that are infected and won't let the installed antivirus run. This is a real program and to the guy that has no idea where it came from, get a clue. it comes through windows updates so know what you are doing and what is being installed before you bash a perfectly legitimate product. That said, to be sure you are getting the legitimate copy because there are fakes out there:
x86 version
x64 version
TruthTeller Mar 20, 2011 3.17
1 out of 5

This is a scam not made by Windows. It is a part of the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials. I know that this is a scam because earlier, my computer was infected by a scam called "Palladium Pro" which was a part of the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials. That program wouldn't let me get anywhere! I never asked for an installation of "Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" it just came to my computer! I never clicked "Allow program" because I know it is a scam! A virus! In my opinion which is probably correct, the people who made the "Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" wrote the review to trick you! This is a truth, so please don't install this! Don't allow it! If you did, go here!
shaldra Nov 13, 2010 3.13
1 out of 5
yeh not sure how this got a 5 star in voting, considering Windows hassles you until you install some kind of anti-virus kit to deal with what the Malicious Software Removal Tool is meant to also address? Waste of time. I'm only writing because I DID NOT download this tool, yet 6 mysteriously named directories appeared in my system, all containing this exe! Now, I wonder, how did that happen? I'm sure I never consented to unsolicited software downloads even if it is from MS, but I was sceptical before running it until my own anti-virus/mal-ware took a look at it. Utter waste of time: We need minus star ratings.
bobad Nov 10, 2010 3.13
1 out of 5
When you dumb down software so idiots are comfortable using it, this is a good example of what you end up with. Most commercial anti-virus makers offer free scanners with far better options, and I suggest any of them instead of this.
some guy Nov 9, 2010 3.13
1 out of 5
something that MS should not waste their time with. Stick with the M.S,E
briant Oct 21, 2010 3.12
1 out of 5
I would have to say this is another typical poorly thought out product by some navel-gazing geeks in Redmond and whatever benefits there might be are not worth the hassle.

After 3 days of scanning my PC (without letting me select or even know what parts of the PC were going to be scanned), my only option was a checkbox saying 'Heal' and a 'Continue' button. Clicking that button prompted me with a warning that files might be harmed by this process and continuing THAT immediately started a process with again, zero feedback other than the squirrels were running on my machine.

Any other commercial grade software you use for virus checking etc will at least show you what files were infected by what. What kind of moron thinks up this type of user experience? At least there should be a 'find out what was infected' selection.

The irony of it is that after clicking the 'cancel' button on the 'healing process, the 'Healing in process' dialog box is still onscreen and you're locked in a loop of 'cancel' - 'are you sure'? Gotta use Task Manager to kill it.

Linux and Apple are going to continue to eat MS' lunch !
flibberyGiveIt Aug 16, 2010 3.10
3 out of 5
As a hands off tool works great, doesn't
find problems that I don't have: That is,
My box is free of malicious software that
I don't want, it agrees and doesn't scream
that the cookie that autologs me in to my
home page is a security threat that will
kill me and my credit rating and my little
dog Toto.
As a hands on tool, one huge flaw.
On this laptop which is running on the
mains (Battery is over yonder) I plugged
in all of my USB storage and told it to
scan everything.
It seems to scan the system in alphabetic
order (c and d are the permanent drives)
and for the first about three days didn't
report problems.
Last night it reported finding six threats,
and now after about six days it is done
and shows four bad things found.
It doesn't say where, But I assume that
it is in
where I go ctrl+a, a. (Forte Agent command:
select all, save files in selected posts.)

It's not saying where the problem is? Huge
flaw for the types of people who play with
beta s'ware.
A five for not saying harmless is harmful,
a finger for not saying _which_ files it thinks
can install malware
jblane May 12, 2010 3.7
3 out of 5
I don't know how to rate this piece of software as I've never seen it. It only takes a couple of minutes to do "something". Not a single popup or a small windows with a bar saying 0%, 10%, etc.
Taking it on trust, 3 stars
MarcFou Jul 14, 2009 2.12
5 out of 5
"This tool will help to remove specific, prevalent malicious software from infected systems."

Thisis not an Anti-... Its purpose is for removing specific known threats. Which it has always done for me whe nrepairing infected systems.

5 Stars
x-ray Jul 14, 2009 2.12
1 out of 5
i Useing only antivit, spybot, anti malmware and this have never found any thing on my pc
Steve1209 Jun 9, 2009 2.11
5 out of 5
Hi All,

Weird as it may sound this software cleared an ugly MALWARE/VIRUS that I was on FORUMS which had me doing COMBOFIX, HJThis logs, the software ran, the system rebooted & the CRAP was gone!!
cricri_pingouin Jan 16, 2009 2.6
5 out of 5
"So, this is a tool that removes Microsoft Malicious Software? Can it remove Windows?"
Shall I roll the drums? It's the first time I hear this joke... today.
Let me point out that this is NOT an antivirus, it removes malware. I find it to do this job decently, and since it is useful and is offered free of charge by Microsoft to keep Windows snappy, I can only praise it.

About Windows as an OS, people who use Office at work could always use Linux and OpenOffice at home. But this discussion is irrelevant and off topic.
Undesired Username Dec 9, 2008 2.5
5 out of 5
Yeah, there are things that can "hold you hostage" to Windows. Things like needing to run the same platform at home and at work for compatibility. Things like the fact that other platforms don't let you run the software you want (e.g. games).
Sativarg Oct 14, 2008 2.3
5 out of 5
More info here
The installer that you get from here or manually from Microsoft starts in a interactive mode. The tool' when activated in interactive mode allows you to choose
Performing a full scan
A full scan performs a quick scan and then a full scan of the computer, regardless of whether malicious software is found during the quick scan. This scan can take several hours to complete because it will scan all fixed and removable drives. However, mapped network drives will not be scanned.

How the MMSRT differs from an antivirus product

The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool does not replace an antivirus product. It is strictly a post-infection removal tool. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you install and use an up-to-date antivirus product.

The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool differs from an antivirus product in three key ways:
• The tool removes malicious software from an already-infected computer. Antivirus products block malicious software from running on a computer. It is significantly more desirable to block malicious software from running on a computer than to remove it after infection.
• The tool removes only specific prevalent malicious software. Specific prevalent malicious software is a small subset of all the malicious software that exists today.
• The tool focuses on the detection and removal of active malicious software. Active malicious software is malicious software that is currently running on the computer. The tool cannot remove malicious software that is not running. However, an antivirus product can perform this task.
TomA102210 Aug 12, 2008 2.1
5 out of 5
Reviewer: LRN said:
Version: 2.1

So, this is a tool that removes Microsoft Malicious Software? Can it remove Windows? :)

Now, really. Get normal antivirus instead of...this...
Curious if there is anything holding you hostage to Windows operating systems?
LRN Aug 12, 2008 2.1
1 out of 5
So, this is a tool that removes Microsoft Malicious Software? Can it remove Windows? :)

Now, really. Get normal antivirus instead of...this...
elitegangsta Jul 8, 2008 2.0
4 out of 5
I am glad M$ is taking the initiative to try and combat the elements of online living. I haven't experienced any malware yet, so either I am not getting it, other apps are working, or this app is working. Until it does something wrong, I say bring on the malware scanners!!
Undesired Username Jun 20, 2008 1.42
5 out of 5
In today's news:

"Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool removed game password-stealing software from more than 2 million PCs in the first week after it was updated to detect these programs on June 10."

Yeah, I approve.
cricri_pingouin Jun 10, 2008 1.42
5 out of 5
"Do you *really* want Microsoft to determine if its competitors' software is malware or not, and subject to removal?"

Yup, count me in. Does what it says on the tin, does it well, and never gave me any problem whatsoever. 5 from me.
bourgeoisdude Apr 9, 2008 1.40
5 out of 5
Yep, it does what it says it does. I for one welcome it, as it is not an extra resource hog and does a one-time scan (unless you manually run it again).
TomA102210 Apr 8, 2008 1.40
5 out of 5
eaves said:

"Do you *really* want Microsoft to determine if its competitors' software is malware or not, and subject to removal?

Microsoft's***ory in this area has not been spotless."
Yes, I do want that. You'd be hard pressed to find any software that is "spotless".
BarneyR Mar 11, 2008 1.39
5 out of 5
"Do you *really* want Microsoft to determine if its competitors' software is malware or not, and subject to removal?"

eaves Feb 12, 2008 1.38
1 out of 5
Do you *really* want Microsoft to determine if its competitors' software is malware or not, and subject to removal?

Microsoft's***ory in this area has not been spotless.
Tool_XP Nov 14, 2007 1.35
5 out of 5
An excellent piece of software.
robmanic44 Sep 12, 2007 1.33
4 out of 5
Does exactly as advertised. Will someone close the door, I smell Linux in here.
DoHickey Aug 15, 2007 1.32
4 out of 5
I have one wish for this tool & that is for Microsoft to put an icon on my desktop or a shortcut in system tools to get to the program.
It works well but having to do a massive search to find it on my computer is a pain.
AnthonyB Jun 13, 2007 1.30
5 out of 5
Does exactly what it states - no more, no less.
TomA102210 Jun 12, 2007 1.30
5 out of 5
"I'm curious though: will this remove Vista? That at best can only be described as malicious software..."
Consider giving Apple/Mac or Linux a try. Sounds like you might be happier that way.
At the entry to Marine Corps chow halls years ago there was a sign that said, "Those who b**** and moan about the mess hall chow eat enough each day to fill a hungry cow." Can we apply this to your use of MS programs? Eh?
roj Jun 12, 2007 1.30
4 out of 5
It does a fair job at what it was designed for. It's not great art but it's another tool in the arsenal.

I'm curious though: will this remove Vista? That at best can only be described as malicious software...

FOUR stars.
TomA102210 Mar 14, 2007 1.27
4 out of 5
"HAH even microsfot's spyware removal program isn't safe from vulnerability (check your security updates folks, a major flaw has been found to allow remote code execution if you use this program).
Good job as always Microscum!"
I'm sure there's another OS out there you can use such as Linux or Apple/Mac. Why not switch to one of those ASAP. This Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool is excellent and I rate it at least a 4. Ah, but perhaps you find fault with anything Microsoft does.
jk- Feb 15, 2007 1.26
1 out of 5
HAH even microsfot's spyware removal program isn't safe from vulnerability (check your security updates folks, a major flaw has been found to allow remote code execution if you use this program).
Good job as always Microscum!
CoreBurn Dec 12, 2006 1.23
5 out of 5
Seriously if this hadn't found the virus on your computer, you'd probably still have it because you must not be running any antivirus or you would have known you had a virus. Giving it a 1 because you can't keep your own computer clean is just stupid.

@"some guy"
There are probably more PC's out there running without any antivirus on them than there with AV, and even on the ones that do have AV there are still a huge number of those that never get updated. Where do you think most spam is from these days? It's forwarded through zombie infected machines, owned by people who probably have no clue they are infected because they probably have no clue if they even have working AV software on their computer.
mjm01010101 Sep 12, 2006 1.20
5 out of 5

Something is wrong with your system. Aren't you glad Microsoft told you that, or else you would still be sitting with a compromised host?

Ciolouse Sep 12, 2006 1.20
5 out of 5
This new version add:

* Win32/Bancos

* Win32/Sinowal
dits59 Aug 29, 2006 1.19
1 out of 5
I am reviewing this just after completing my new XP installation.
I installed windows Malicious software ,ya it then searches for files.In the end it shows 7 infected files including 'My Wife'(i think it is a virus).
And prompt for a restart,badly after restart i cannot login because it shows that my password is incorrect.I don't know what is happened.I don't try to change the password.But i cannot login.I tried many times but failed.
One thing i am feeling lucky is that there is about 6Gb unpartitioned space in my hard disk,where i installed XP again without erasing the old one and in the search for retrieving the password.I am sure that i dont change the password.
But how it changed automatically.
There is a chance that the ecrypyted file is infected.
But the things is that it shows my username correctly.
mjm01010101 Aug 9, 2006 1.19
3 out of 5
link is dead.
The MAZZTer Aug 8, 2006 1.19
5 out of 5
the artist: That's why there's Linux. Not to mention Windows comes free with 99.9% new PCs, and the fact that Windows is less than half the price you've placed it at. Don't try to blame Microsoft... they're allowed to set their prices as high as they please, competitors (like Linux) are allowed to set THEIR prices accordingly (like FREE) to compete the best.

I'm not sure how good this tool works (I make it a practice to not do stupid things, thus flooding my computer with viruses etc etc), but at the very least its Windows Update Critical status will ensure that Joe Clueless gets a virus scan this month, even if he doesn't know what that means.
the artist Jun 13, 2006 1.17
4 out of 5
well, some of us don't get an original copy of windows because, for you to get an approx idea, it would cost something like the equivalent to u$s 600. would you pay that? you're lucky. anyway, many of us can get around MS's efforts to avoid me from using their soft.

anyway again, good proggie.
mjm01010101 Jun 13, 2006 1.17
5 out of 5
sam13484 Jun 13, 2006 1.17
4 out of 5
The executable breaks down into 2 small .exe files. One is mrt.exe (the tool) and the other is mrtstub.exe. The tool runs fine without the mrtstub.exe. Can someone tell me what this file is supposed to do.

BTW, I'm hearing that the tool runs okay, even if your key is questionable.
mikeyx11 May 9, 2006 1.16
5 out of 5
This tool is reasonably small, fast, and is good at getting rid of some real pain-in-the-ass malware. I've used it on various systems that had infections, and this tool was a great accessory in helping get rid of them. Never had any problems with it.
TomA102210 May 9, 2006 1.16
5 out of 5
Yep, too bad for those with pirated copies of Windows and for those who don't like their CD key searched for. Get a legit copy of windows and you won't have to worry about those things. This is a good little program by the way.
spiked Apr 12, 2006 1.15
5 out of 5
People are rating this bad just because it doesn't run on pirated copies of Windows? Yeah, and Corvettes suck because I keep getting thrown in jail after I steal one. Gimme a break.

Like McAfee's Stinger, this little utility doesn't attempt to catch thousands of malware programs, only the most common and serious. Unlike McAfee's Stinger, this tool isn't biased towards just viruses; all types of malware are handled equally. Early versions were simply a crutch for users who were unwilling to use real antimalware, but recent versions have been capable of removing some of the most sophisticated rootkit-protected threats.

Although Microsoft's tool is packaged similar to a hotfix and therefore "looks" like it is installing, it doesn't really install anything except a registry entry (to prevent Windows Updates and Automatic Updates from repeatedly downloading the same version). It simply runs, cleans whatever it finds, then exits. Nothing remains running (which also means that you don't get any ongoing protection).
jsc315 Apr 12, 2006 1.15
4 out of 5
There at least tring. Nothing great about this but it isnt bad as well. Nice to know that i dont have to go to IE and go to microsofts site to download this.
Das mod Apr 11, 2006 1.15
1 out of 5
it does search for the CD KEY ....
bad ... bad bad bad
some guy Mar 16, 2006 1.14
3 out of 5
what does it do search for your cd key lol
hugh750 Mar 16, 2006 1.14
5 out of 5
I just downloaded it and ran it, My machine got a clean bill of health, I highly recommend this one.
drumcat Mar 15, 2006 1.14
5 out of 5
This one seems to be ok, but be sure not to download update 912945. (see

It's out at the same time, so be careful. This screws up any embedded stuff, having to click on it. Bad news.

I can't fault MS for trying to remove bad stuff though...
photonboy Jan 11, 2006 1.12
5 out of 5
Use System Restore to backup your system if you have any doubts. I also recommend making an image of your C-drive with Acronis True Image.
andycby Jan 11, 2006 1.12
1 out of 5
My windows got corrupted because of this tool. I run the windows update at background. After the updates were downloaded and installed. System prompts for restart. But nightmare came after I restart the pc, I can't boot into windows, there a blue screen being shown and automatically restart. This process repeat again and again. The only solution I found was reinstall windows for 2 times. The first time my windows being corrupted, I thought was caused by installation of Visual Web Developer Express. Finally I found that the problem was caused by the Malicious Software Remover tool. So becareful when apply Windows Update, don't let it run at background, at least let it prompt for install after download. It better to check the list of windows updates. I am not anti Microsoft. In fact, I like to use Microsoft products except this Malicious Software Remover Tool.
oninopoo Jan 10, 2006 1.12
5 out of 5
Quick, Simple, and Affective.
TomA102210 Jan 10, 2006 1.12
5 out of 5
Rather than being boring as one review states I find it rather exciting that nothing is found. Kudos for this Tool.
mjm01010101 Jan 10, 2006 1.12
5 out of 5
Nothing ever found... BORING!
sirhardi Dec 14, 2005 1.11
5 out of 5
Same as other user prior.
found FURootKit on a clients machine, this was the first time i have seen this tool actually at work.KUDOS
Adrian79 Dec 14, 2005 1.11
5 out of 5
has never found anything...but that's because i'm the sh1t! ;-)
Zee333 Nov 13, 2005 1.10 (Updated)
5 out of 5
It removed a virus from my computer that i'd tried to remove for a long time BIG UP TO MICROSOFT

@robertguda from July 2005 are you thick or something? this is not an AntiSpyware or AntiVirus tool, it only removes specific trojans from your computer, like Stinger.
carlrjr Nov 12, 2005 1.10 (Updated)
5 out of 5
I've worked on many PC that belong to other people, some of which have long-since expired antivirus signature subscriptions.
The latest version found FURootKit.I on a machine that had current antivirus software installed.

Free software that works as designed. Excellent.
bobad Nov 8, 2005 1.10
5 out of 5
I rate it a 5 I guess... even though I have never found anything with it. The main thing I like about it is the small size, consists of 1 file, no install, and blazing fast. Takes 10 sec or less to run. Wish all AV programs were that fast. Some day it will actually find a worm and I'll have a stroke.
JonathanDoe Nov 8, 2005 1.10
5 out of 5
Works as it should, but never finds anything, not that I'm complaining.
slushdot Nov 8, 2005 1.10
5 out of 5
Wow, a virus tool that is 988Gb! Thats nearly 1Tb for a single program! Better be good, after the month-long download!

(yeah, i know ;))
some guy Oct 11, 2005 1.9
5 out of 5
for what it says it does but I wish MS would spend more time with their spyware program as they do with this. plain and simple we need a virus-spyware program that runs off cd that can't be changed, and can compare files many new viruses spyware root kits embed them self into the os . rename them selfs as part of the os , if the os has nothing to compare it to it just says ok your all good pass.
mjm01010101 Oct 11, 2005 1.9
5 out of 5
No issues. Never finds anything.
Goldengamegod Sep 14, 2005 1.8
5 out of 5
"This program is worthless. It scans for about 25 different worms, and that's it. All of them being worms that every major antivirus software already includes in their databases of hundreds of thousands of viruses.

Why did Microsoft even bother releasing this?"

Most of the viruses, worms, and trojans in the AV databases are no longer in the wild. That is what MSRT scans for, the most popular ITW malware.

It is for the 90% of people who have no AV software but do have automatic updates turned on, and as a "first tool" to run during a cleaning operation.

It is NOT for geeks with 10 different security programs.
adamdawg Sep 13, 2005 1.8
2 out of 5
This program is worthless. It scans for about 25 different worms, and that's it. All of them being worms that every major antivirus software already includes in their databases of hundreds of thousands of viruses.

Why did Microsoft even bother releasing this?
Goldengamegod Aug 18, 2005 1.7.1
5 out of 5


This is not an anti-spyware tool; it is a very specialized anti-worm tool.
iamtux Aug 18, 2005 1.7.1
5 out of 5
Great tool. Great move for Microsoft to release a free removal tool like this. Keep it up! What's better is they keep up with the latest threats and release a new version! Maybe they'll release more stuff like this in the future.
yohimbe9 Aug 9, 2005 1.7
5 out of 5
The best part of this is that it is delivered with automatic updates so the general public just gets it.

A like mjm says, you can go to that page and see the latest updates. Or, you can go here to see each revision level:
mjm01010101 Jul 12, 2005 1.6
5 out of 5

This tool has zero to do with spyware. this is for cleaning out the most common malware/trojan/viruses. This tool is a great initial step MS is taking (for free,) to clean it's user's up and improve the entire net. This tool is quick and should be run after the Firewalls are turned up and before any other program on a newly touched system.

As for what fixes are listed in each release, they are listed on the MSRT's homepage:
robertguda Jul 12, 2005 1.6
3 out of 5
is this the tool that supposedly marks to ignore claria trash ? gator etc ? who decides what is to be marked as spy/ad ware and what not ? if this tool does not clean gator, there are lots of others that do. so why use it ?
-Lord- Jul 12, 2005 1.6
3 out of 5
WOuld be nice if they'd include a list of add ons or changes, rather than just a new release with a new release date
sys-error Jun 20, 2005 1.5
4 out of 5
well... MS has screwed up in the past, everyone knows this. but that has NO BEARING on the wares posted here.

this ware to me is pretty useless due to what i normally do in stead of it...but i do however download and use this product at work all night (graveyard shift) for the end-users.

for what it does, it does it well if your not already doing it yourself. reccomended for those non-technical and lazy alike.
zridling Jun 16, 2005 1.5
5 out of 5
I'm always surprised how so many folks hate anything that Microsoft does. Microsoft changes directions to spend a couple of years focusing on security to shore up its products like IE and Outlook, and then they add this cool tool and still people gripe. You'll never find me claiming that Microsoft is perfect, but I will give them — or anyone — credit for helping users protect their systems and data. The lesson? Lighten up folks.
balewolf May 10, 2005 1.4
4 out of 5
The tool works and does its job the guy hd that he said corupted could had a virus attached to the files on that drive and the tool was just trying to do its job. Just cause you run all kinds of av or anti spyware stuff does not mean you dont have a virus. I have played with virus's myself to just see wat it takes to make them undetected by av usualy just rename or edit the virus with a hex editor or programing tools and its no longer a virus. Av wont detect it anymore because you just made a new type virus even tho its still the same just small change.
dalmiroy2k May 10, 2005 1.4
5 out of 5
Very useful!
httpd.confused May 10, 2005 1.4
5 out of 5
The embarassing news that I must convey to you, allsiante, is that zridling has a Ph.D.! Oops, so much for going back to school.

And I agree with him. For someone to claim that this application destroyed all their adult entertainment files is about as ludicrous as the guy whining that WinRAR corrupts his file system when he extracts ISO files.

How do I know this? Because, for one thing, it doesn't make sense. For another--and to totally make a joke out of the warnings that others shouldn't run this software--Microsoft issues this software as part of Windows Update, to MILLIONS of customers!

Yes, they've screwed the pooch in the past, but that issue, with this software--it just doesn't make sense. Please save the drama for your mama.
allsiante May 10, 2005 1.4
3 out of 5
zridling: go get a life, then go to school, then grow up

software is written by humans, humans err, thus software can be screwed up; well, there's nothng new under the Sun; still, MS isn't famous about error-free stable and secure software, that's also a fact

this sw hasn't caused me problems, but I only installed and run it once, just to test it; still, there's no guarantee it can not cause problems in some cases - I wouldn't be surprised if it did, it's just another piece of beta sw

so, mr zridling, if a fellow tester posts his experiences, then THANK the poor guy, don't bash him below the dirt

on the other side, if you're somebody involved with this piece of sw and that's why you're so angry, then sfu and go back find the problem and correct it
mjm01010101 May 10, 2005 1.4
5 out of 5
Boring but effective software. I wouldn't know because I'm never infected in the first place.

I've tried to use this tool on systems that are infected and you usually can't get to windowsupdate because the viruses/trojans block it, but running it offline might help.
DucksNotInARow Apr 14, 2005 1.3
1 out of 5
When I posted my comments, I did not exspect the nasty attack from zridling. I reported by experience with it, so that others might think twice about downloading it. I have used Windows successfully for years and have no intention of using a Mac. I have no grudge against MS and no predisposed bias against them. The error was not from anything I did but from the software. Keep your malicious personnal attacks to your self and just stick to reviewing the software and not the the reviewer. FileForum may wonder why more people don't post reviews and you have previded the reason.
zridling Apr 12, 2005 1.3
5 out of 5
When users screw up their systems on their own, they shouldn't always blame Microsoft. Get a mac if you can't handle Windows. This is an excellent tool, and removed six different items that Spybot and Spyblaster didn't even find. Very nice.
DucksNotInARow Mar 12, 2005 1.2
1 out of 5
I have an WD 120gb External Hard Drive, which I store my graphic files on(about 30gb worth). I have several adware and spyware programs and Virus Protection and Firewall and they never showed any bad stuff on this drive. I installed the MS program as it was on the Windows Update Site when it first appeared in January. It totally corrupted the drive and I lost all 30gb's of graphic files and projects. XP restore could not do anything. Luckly WD had a tool that enabled me to recover most of it. I still lost the most recent files I had worked on and edited earlier that day. So be forwarned,DO NOT INSTALL THIS PROGRAM,it destroys without notifying first or gives options like quartine first. There is plenty of other good freeware that does the same job without any problems.
||Cypher|| Mar 10, 2005 1.2
1 out of 5
Creates more problems than it solves. I already have anti-virus software but I ran this anyway. I thought, "what can it hurt?" The one thing that had me worried a little before I used is that it says that it will automatically remove the infections. Thinking of how microsoft often has bugs in it's software I was thinking that it might automatically remove other files that are not infectious by mistake. I wish I was wrong about that but unfortunately not. After running it didn't find anything. Later in the day I tried to install software but they were all aborted due to "16 bit Windows Subystem - Data error (cyclic redundancy check) :\windows\system32\"

It had removed my autoexec.nt file
Ugh, just something annoying that I didn't need.
AlanRivaldo Mar 9, 2005 1.2
5 out of 5
Hard to rate S/W when it does its job, doesn't find anything evil, and just disappears. Is that good or bad?


Windows XP users may get the latest version through Windows Update. To have the newest versions automatically delivered and installed as
soon as they are released, set the Automatic Updates feature to Automatic.

Note The version of this tool delivered by Windows Update runs in the background and then deletes itself. If you would like to run this tool more than once a month, use the version on this Web page or install the version that is available in the Download Center.
mjm01010101 Mar 9, 2005 1.2
5 out of 5
Doesn't seem to hurt anything. Is not part of automatic updates... yet. Can't see the harm in this tool if it helps the net and performance overall.

The virus and malware writers are winning-- there are more viruses released nowadays than ever before-- So I think Microsoft is ultimately doomed by their own success, but it'll be fun watching from the sidelines...
mcm Jan 16, 2005 1.0
4 out of 5
I gather the intention of this tool is to be downloaded automatically by Windows Updates and check your computer for the most common viruses in the background. Then if it finds any alert the user and guide them through its removal. This will no doubt be updated every time a new big virus hits.

This tool only really has use therefore for those who don't run antivirus software. Also useful for system repairers like myself who might only want to do a quick basic antivirus scan over a computer without waiting hours from antivirus software.
poeha Jan 13, 2005 1.0
4 out of 5
ok, its good. Does what it has to do. But when do they learn to give me bloody visual sign when its working...I just sit there waiting, wundering what its doing... I never read the disclaimer (i probebly should, but i dont care unless i dont trust it). So i select agree, and next and its just loading... I hate that, its one thing i will never get used to when working with microsoft progs. They were always finding new ways to use pictures instead of words, did they give up or something?

o well, all in all. It is something you cannot go without anymore today. And it works. Therefore: a 4 :)
David_2005 Jan 12, 2005 1.0
5 out of 5
Simular to Stinger, very good program, they are really trying now also with the Spyware Remover tool.
phark Jan 11, 2005 1.0
5 out of 5
Very good Beta debut... I installed it on 15 computers at work and it found things that Ad-Aware and Pest patrol missed on all of them.
VikingBlade Jan 11, 2005 1.0
5 out of 5
Does what it is suppose to. I don't know why people expect these virus removal programs to detect "everything" because no program like that exists. The vast majority of the signatures of every single AV vendor only detect malware, and do not remove them for you beyond deleting the files, or simple file cleaning. It is indeed a good step, perhaps the only thing Microsoft can offer for free without breaking anti-trust laws.
TechSys Jan 11, 2005 1.0
4 out of 5
This seems like a good start for Microsoft getting into the Spyware/antivirus business. This program doesn't have all the definitions of every malicious software that is out there, but give it time. So far it only scans for 8 definitions.
I hope Microsoft doesn't shoot themselves in the foot with this stuff like they have done so many times in the past.
eddie Jan 11, 2005 1.0
5 out of 5
mjm01010101: This is not meant to take the place of an antivirus program... only to be used along with one.
mjm01010101 Jan 11, 2005 1.0
1 out of 5
Like Mcaffee Stinger, a useless tool that doesn't find everything, is reactive in it's security goals, and does little to prevent infections. A poor use of programmer manpower at MS. I imagine it's just a beginning step before their AV stuff gets going.
ScottNY845 Jan 11, 2005 1.0
3 out of 5
How do you even run this program....
AnthonyB Jan 11, 2005 1.0
5 out of 5
Make no mistake, this tool is meant to supplement your AntiVirus software, not replace it.

It doesn't install itself, it simply executes and then exits on completion. It is currently available via Windows Update for WinXP users.

The benefit of this is obvious. A massive percentage of virus infection occurs on home users that don't have a clue and/or don't have AV software (or don't update it or run it regularly). A large portion of these users will be using WinXP. Once a month, when these people run WindowsUpdate (hopefully they at least do that!) the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool will run on their system and detect and remove the more common viruses.

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000

Deployment of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool in an enterprise environment
bobad Aug 1, 2004 4.0
5 out of 5
Finally! A worm removal tool that intelligently finds and destroys the malware. The Symantec and McaFee products take 10-15 minutes. The MS removal tool? 5-10 Sec!
jastonas Aug 1, 2004 4.0
1 out of 5
i wonder y someone would pick this over McAfee Stinger!
just give me a reason...
scodan Feb 24, 2004 3.0
5 out of 5
Yeah, and other platforms are immune to worms. Try searching for "Slapper", and looking at CERT advisories, oh clueless one. If you get infected by MyDoom, you're an idiot, and you don't need a different OS--you need to have the power company cut you off.
Microshaft Feb 13, 2004 3.0
5 out of 5
Wow, what can I say another masterpiece software utility to fix another Microsoft Flaw and by the Creators of Windows, I feel lucky to have such a company care for my computer and needs.
Got Worm?
dzjepp Feb 11, 2004 1.0
4 out of 5
It's good I suppose, but it does scan for the infections immediately, after I "installed" it a popup box comes up that tells you "scanning complete, no infections found". When you consider the Symantec worm scanning tools which take a considerable amount of time to complete the scan(s), is Microsoft using a different approach with their tool?
mufdvr3669 Feb 11, 2004 1.0
5 out of 5
Imma second that nice review blackpages, tool does what it's supposed to do for free also.
scodan Feb 11, 2004 1.0
5 out of 5
Nice review there, blackpages. The comment made no sense, though, since MSIE has nothing to do with Mydoom. I think it's great that Microsoft is making this tool available.
Fidelio Feb 6, 2004 1.0
5 out of 5
It does the work it promises to do. Now, if you, folks, don't want to use IE just download something else and keep complaining. If Microsoft doesn't provide a tool, you complain because there's no tool, if they make the tool, then they are wasting their time... just stop to being a whiner and do something useful.
blackpages Feb 6, 2004 1.0
1 out of 5
a nice compliment to an MSIE removal tool
war593122 Feb 6, 2004 1.0
5 out of 5
Nice. Worked great. Cleaned my brothers computer right up. And dman its fast. Unlike nortan that scans all files. Feb 6, 2004 1.0
5 out of 5
it ran on my pc just fine , not shurr if it works or not because it said it didn't find the viris so i don't know how it would remove it if it did?