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MRT: Malicious Software Removal Tool

Biological viruses or computer viruses, no one is immune to viruses. And again, if there were just the viruses … Between spyware, adware, rootkits, worms, polymorphic and metamorphic code … more than 95,000 malwares would be identified today. According to Guy Felcourt in “Identity theft and the art of personal data fraud ” 3 billion malware attack computers occur each year worldwide.

And when this happens, it is either too late or you find yourself unable to open your Internet browser to search for the appropriate software to eliminate the virus.

In this article I want to present you a simple anti-malware software which is present on your hard disk (no download from the Internet) but you may have never noticed it. This software, in addition to your anti-virus, is an excellent tool for removing malicious software.

Developed by Microsoft and known as Malicious Software Removal Tool or MRT, the tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, Mydoom, Berbew, Doomjuice, Gaobot, Msblast, Mydoom, Nachi, Sasser et Zindos …) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. The complete list of viruses can be found on the Microsoft site.

MRT is free, intuitive and simple to use and is already on your computer.

To run it: just type the word ” mrt ” in the search bar (Start – > Search) of your PC. You can then also create a shortcut on your desktop. It’s that simple!

When the process of detection and removal is complete, the program displays a result report as well as the list of the detected malware. MRT then creates a log file named mrt.log in the debug folder % WINDIR% \.

This tool does not replace your antivirus but it helps you removing what may have escaped to the primary detection.

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