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Malicious Software Removal Tool II

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Prescott, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Prescott

    Prescott Flightless Bird

    What is the relationship between Microsoft Security Essentials scan and
    the Malicious Software Removal Tool.

    If I run the MSE scan will it find and remove everything that MRT will?

    Or does MRT find and remove stuff that MSE scan does not find?
     
  2. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    Prescott wrote:

    > What is the relationship between Microsoft Security Essentials scan and
    > the Malicious Software Removal Tool.
    >
    > If I run the MSE scan will it find and remove everything that MRT will?
    >
    > Or does MRT find and remove stuff that MSE scan does not find?


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Malicious_Software_Removal_Tool
     
  3. Zombie Elvis

    Zombie Elvis Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 16 Oct 2010 09:54:11 -0400, Prescott <Prescott@bogus.com>
    wrote:

    >What is the relationship between Microsoft Security Essentials scan and
    >the Malicious Software Removal Tool.


    Basically the MSRT is Microsoft's emergency tool. It is designed to
    periodically check for and remove existing malware infections that a
    normal antivirus program should have caught but for whatever reason
    didn't.

    MSE is a traditional antivirus tool. It sits on your computer quietly
    checking for malware just like any other AV program.
    >
    >If I run the MSE scan will it find and remove everything that MRT will?
    >
    >Or does MRT find and remove stuff that MSE scan does not find?


    In theory MSRT could find an existing virus or trojan which MSE or
    another AV tool didn't catch. In practice, you run MSRT on a computer
    which you know is already infected with a virus that has been making
    the rounds lately. And then once you have a clean PC, you install MSE
    for day to day AV duty.
    --
    Obama: Hey Ballmer, you mind if we borrow 90% of the world's computers for a quick cyber war?

    Ballmer: Finally, the moment I've been waiting for! *Throws ceremonial war chair at wall*

    - Seen on Slashdot

    Roberto Castillo
    robertocastillo@ameritech.net
    http://mind-grapes.blogspot.com/
    http://zombie-gulch.myminicity.com/
     

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