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Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool v5.83 (64-bit)

Detect and remove some common malware from your PC

Rating:
Operating Systems:
Windows 10, Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
License:
Freeware
Developer:
Microsoft
Software Cost:
Free
Category
Portable Applications
Date Updated:
14 October 2020
Downloads To Date:
12420
Languages:
English
Download Size:
42.00 MB

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a quick and easy tool to uncover and eliminate malware from your system. Just choose the type of scan you need - quick (takes a few minutes), full (takes ages, usually) or custom (scan only the areas you specify) - then leave the program to check your hard drive for threats, and remove any that it finds.

While useful, this is no substitute for an antivirus package. The Malicious Software Removal Tool has no real-time detection features, for instance, so it can't stop you getting infected in the first place. And it only checks for some of the most common malware (see the full list here), currently around 150 specimens in total) - a good antivirus tool will detect hundreds of thousands of threats.

Still, if you think your PC might be infected by something, but your current antivirus suite hasn't raised the alarm, then you can always try the Malicious Software Removal Tool for a quick second opinion (it won't clash with any existing security tools).

And because the program doesn't require installation, it's ideal for including on a USB flash drive as a part of your portable troubleshooting toolkit. Then, if a friend's PC seems to be having virus troubles, you can pull out the Malicious Software Removal Tool and give their system a speedy health check.

Verdict:

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a useful way to remove some common malware specimens from your PC, but don't forget - it only removes a very small percentage of the threats out there

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