View Full Version : Malicious software removal tool

09-27-2010, 4:01 PM
Start run type mrt hit okay and full scan.

I found no problems has this helped anyone?

Is this worth doing?

09-27-2010, 6:42 PM
Try Malwarebytes, it's very effective. I suggest running it in safe mode.

09-27-2010, 7:31 PM
I do. That wasn't the question

09-27-2010, 8:23 PM
Interesting. I've never seen that before, except as part of Windows Updates

It still recommends using a third-party anti virus software

Also, by using more than one anti virus program, you might find some malware with one program that another one doesn't

I use Symantec Anti Virus,

Spybot - Search & Destroy (free) http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

and Ad-Aware (free) http://www.lavasoft.com/

09-27-2010, 9:15 PM
I wouldn't count on it to remove much, here's what Microsoft has to say.


The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows 7, 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, malicious software was detected and removed.

Microsoft releases an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month, and as needed to respond to security incidents. The tool is available from Microsoft Update, Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center.

Note The version of the tool delivered by Microsoft Update and Windows Update runs in the background and then reports if an infection is found. 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.

Because computers can appear to function normally when infected, it's a good idea to run this tool regularly even if your computer seems to be fine. You should also use up-to-date antivirus software to help protect your computer from other malicious software.

If you want a free virus scanner from Microsoft just install Microsoft Security Essentials.


Captain Jack
09-29-2010, 7:38 AM
+1 on Malwarebytes Anti-malware & Microsoft Security Essentials

Rhythm of Life
09-29-2010, 7:47 AM

If you have a gnarley rootkit or something, they help you for free.

09-29-2010, 8:57 AM
Try Malwarebytes, it's very effective. I suggest running it in safe mode.

Malwarebyte is recommeneded here too. I believe that it's called superantispyware.