Viruses and malware threat can really be a pain. Especially if you store some important data of information on your PC/Laptop. Another important cause of concerns if attacked by malware threat is, your personal information being leaked and misused online.
This is a major risk and I am sure none of you would want to deal with malicious software and malware threats. One major reason for these viruses entering your PC/Laptop is using any cracked software or applications.
Since cracked or pirated software is not really authentic, they may carry different viruses with them. One way to get rid of this problem is by installing anti-virus software. There are various anti-virus software available online offering multiple features.
But there are other options as well. One of them is using the Windows Malware Software Remove Tool. This tool helps you scan your computer and detect the malicious software creating problems for you. It not only detects the malicious software but also gets rid of them
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is adaptable and removes malicious software only from the following operating systems:
- Windows 10
- Windows Server 2019
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows 8.1
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2008.
You can usually find a monthly MSRT released by Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Update or standalone tool. You can use the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to detect and remove specific prevalent threats in your computer. Another important feature of his tool is, you can also reverse the changes made if any by the specific prevalent malware in your computer.
In this blog, I am going to list down everything that you need to know about this tool.
How Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool Is Different From Anti Virus Products
MSRT is not a replacement for anti-virus tools, it is just a removal tool that works strictly on post-infection. There are three major differences between MSRT and an anti-virus tool.
- The tool removes malware from an already infected computer. Antivirus products prevent malware from running on a computer. It is much more desirable to block the execution of malware on a computer than to remove it after an infection.
- The tool only removes frequent specific malware. Specific and prevalent malware is a small subset of all the malware that exists today.
- The tool focuses on detecting and removing active malware. Active malware is malware that is currently running on the computer. The tool cannot remove malware that is not running. However, an antivirus product can perform this task.
MSRT only finds and removes malicious software like Trojan horses, viruses and worms. It does not detect or remove any spyware. If you wish to remove any spyware, you can use Microsoft Security Essentials. Also, you can use both the anti-virus tool and MSRT at the same time. You do not need to uninstall the anti-virus tools in order to use the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.
How To Download And Run Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool?
The simplest way to download and run the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is to turn on the automatic updates. As I said earlier, Microsoft releases a monthly update for this tool. SO if your automatic update is turned on, you will automatically get new versions of this tool every month.
If you are not getting any notifications regarding any viruses or infection, it means that no malicious software has been detected. The tool works in a quiet mode, so you will not know when it scans your computer for any malicious software.
How To Enable Automatic Updates?
To turn on the automatic update follow these steps according to the operating system you have.
For Windows 10
- Click on the start menu then go to settings.
- Select Update and Security and then go to Windows Update.
- Select Advanced options from the options “Choose how updates are installed” select “Automatic”
For Windows 8.1
- Open Windows Update by swiping towards the screen from the right edge. Or point to the lower-right corner of the screen with your mouse and move the pointer upwards. Then select “Settings”.
- Select “Change PC Settings”
- Then Click on “Update and recovery”
- Select Windows Update.
- From the options “How updates get installed” select “Install Update Automatically” under the Important updates option.
- Select the checkbox under the recommended updates that read “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates”.
- Under Microsoft Update, select the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows check box and then select Apply.
For Windows 7
- Go to the start menu and select “All Programs”, then click on “Windows Update”
- Next, click “Change Settings”
- Select “Install Updates Automatically”
- From the options under recommended updates, select “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.”
How Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool Works?
- MSRT runs in a quiet mode and detects malicious software on your PC.
- When you switch on your computer nest time, a pop-up balloon will appear in the notification, showing you information about the detected malicious software.
- You will also be prompted to run a full scan. (It totally depends on you whether you want to run the full scan or not. However, it is recommended to run it. This may take a few hours to complete the full scan.
- If any infected files are detected, MSRT suggests you to remove the malicious software from these files.
- You can remove specific files or all infected files.
- To complete the removal, restart your computer.
- And Make sure you are using the latest updated MSRT version.
So these were the easy steps to remove specific prevalent malware with Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.