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
Article ID : 890830
Last Review : January 11, 2005
Revision : 1.3 SUMMARYMicrosoft has released the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to help remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows 2000. The Malicious Software Removal Tool supersedes all virus-cleaner tools that were previously released by Microsoft. You can download the Malicious Software Removal Tool from the Microsoft Download Center. You can also run an online version of the tool from the Malicious Software Removal Tool Web site on Microsoft.com. To run the Malicious Software Removal Tool from either location, you must log on to your computer with an account that is a member of the Administrators group. If you are running Windows XP, you can also run the Malicious Software Removal Tool from the Windows Update Web site or by using Automatic Updates.MORE INFORMATION
Download and setup information
If you are an IT administrator who wants more information about deploying the tool in an enterprise environment, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:891716
Deployment of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool in an enterprise environment
This article includes information about Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS), and Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) support.
Windows Update Web site and Automatic Updates
If you use Microsoft Windows XP, you can use Automatic Updates to download and run the tool, or you can visit the Windows Update Web site:http://www.windowsupdate.com
The tool is offered as a critical update through these mechanisms.