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Does Anybody Use Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool?


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#1 Rocky Bennett

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 12:18 PM

I run this kind of regularly, and I was wondering does anybody else have this installed and do you like it?

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 12:23 PM

Since it's part of Windows Update I think everyone pretty much have it installed, and I'm no exception. However I tend to trust my *other* defenses more :)

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 12:45 PM

Never really used it since I find other tools and programs to be more efficient than Microsoft when it comes to malware removal. I could give it a try one day however.

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 01:09 PM

Thanks guys for your input. I have actually run this software a few times but I have really found no benefit, that Is why I asked.

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 01:14 PM

The Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is a free virus removal tool from Microsoft which is updated monthly but only scans for and removes a limited number of specific malware families. While it is not a comprehensive tool, keep in mind that not all security tools look for the same thing so using more than one may result in detection of malware the others may miss.
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Posted 22 April 2015 - 02:31 PM

To be specific it comes out atleast monthly as a microsoft update under the name KB890830, it's not an antivirus but could be considered a limited type of on demand scanner which looks for certain well known pieces of malware. There is also (or atleast there was at one point) a tool from ms which could be downloaded by users from ms which did a similar thing, but had a rather large file and scanned for a wider range of threats, a user could download a copy whenever they wanted and it would work for a month or so before telling them they needed to go and download a more recent version if they wanted to run it again.
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Posted 22 April 2015 - 04:47 PM

There is Microsoft Safety Scanner (MSS) which expires 10 days after download.

And there was Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper (MSSS) which was rebranded Windows Defender Offline.
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Posted 19 May 2015 - 05:13 PM

They renew it once a month on the first Tuesday according to the site, I run it every month!  I will say thank you for SSD's my spinner LT took nearly five hours, my other LT w/SSD was done with it in an hour and twenty both drive have similar amounts of data.  All including my tower were done on full scan, never hurts to use any tolls at your disposal!!

 

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 05:44 PM

MSRT is also available as a stand-alone download.
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