Microsoft Malware Removal Tool for Windows (from Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool or simply MSRT) helps to remove malware from computers running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 , Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows XP.
Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool does not replace any antivirus product.
It is strictly a virus removal tool after an infection. So there should be a security product to protect you from viruses.
Windows 10 of course already has Windows Defender as an antivirus.
Microsoft Malware Removal Tool differs from an antivirus product in three key areas:
- As mentioned above, this tool removes malware from an already infected computer. Antivirus prevents malware from running on a computer. It is much better to prevent than to cure.
- The tool only removes specific malware, not all of the malware on the market today.
- The tool focuses on detecting and removing active malware. Active malware is what is currently running on your computer. The tool cannot remove malware that is not running on the system.
Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool runs "silently" in the background. If it detects malware on your computer, the next time you log in as a computer administrator, a notification will appear informing you of the scan.
If the tool detects malware, you may be prompted to perform a full scan. This scan can take several hours to complete because it scans all the disks on your system.
Remove malicious files
If the malware has modified files on your computer, the tool will delete the malware from those files. If the malware changed your browser settings, your homepage may automatically change to a page giving you instructions on how to reset the settings.
Download the application from the official Microsoft page: 32-bit x86 MSRT package in the upcoming years, while 64-bit x64 MSRT package.
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