Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.18

Simple piece of software that adopts a step-by-step approach for helping you scan your computer to identify infiltrated malware, while offering support for different scan modes
Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool is a malware detection and removal utility. It thoroughly scans your computer to identify infiltrated malware and if any, attempts to remove it. Keep in mind that it was not built to prevent malicious threats, but to detect existing ones.

Even though it’s available as a separate download, Microsoft also distributes it automatically as a part of the Windows Update service. In other words, you can run the tool without downloading it, using the run command or the cmd utility by typing ‘mrt.exe.’

Step-by-step approach

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool acts like a wizard and guides you through every step of the detection algorithm. In the first window you can view a list of spyware that the application is able to remove.

Different scan modes and reports

The next window allows you to select the type of scan you wish to perform. The quick mode takes only a couple minutes to complete, while the full scan is more time consuming, but also more effective.

If you want to perform a scan on a certain folder, use the customized scan mode. When the process is complete, a detailed report is displayed, containing the detected malware, if any.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool is one of the go-to solutions in case your computer gets infected. It has been and is promoted as a top malware removal utility, but don’t take their word for it until it heals your computer too. Given its overall simplicity and wizard-like GUI, this application can be easily mastered by all types of users, regardless of their experience level.

Reviewed by , last updated on November 12th, 2014

file size:
30.1 MB
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operating system(s):
Windows XP / XP 64 bit / Vista / Vista 64 bit / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit / 2003 / 2008 / 2008 64 bit / 2008 R2
C: \ Antivirus \ Removal Tools
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Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool - Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool will help you remove specific, prevalent malicious software from infected systemsMicrosoft Malicious Software Removal Tool - Once the scanning process is finished, users will be able to view the corresponding results for each malware the software looks for
What's New in version 5.5
  • Added detection and cleaning capabilities for: Simda
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Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software...

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