Is the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool Necessary?

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Someone recently asked if I felt the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is actually necessary. It’s a good tool for what it’s designed to do and I don’t see why you would NOT have it on your Windows machines. It’s free, and it’s designed to help keep your computer – and information – safe.

My assistant Kat is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Security, and I’m pretty sure she’d agree with my assessment, as well. This tool checks computers 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.

You can grab the tool via your Windows Updates, or simply download it directly. The version of the tool delivered by 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 direct download version linked to above.

What security measures do you employ on your various machines?

3 thoughts on “Is the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool Necessary?”

  1. Many people encounter the following computer problems: take a long time to start up, load websites or run programs. Recently I find functional software which can fix all these problems just with one click: tuneup360, maybe you guys could have a try.

  2. I have an older program (MGI Photo Suite 4) that has never given any problems on any system that I installed it in, however, each time I use the windows malicious software removal tool, it takes this program and makes it inoperable. Each time I have to spend hours bringing it back then at the end of the month the new malicious software tool repeats the action. I have thus discontinued using this tool because of this. If I could discover how to by-pass this program from being scanned I would appreciate any information. I have tried going to microsoft directly but they have nothing pertaining to by-pass. Thanks.

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