If you have been hit with malware in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you will be glad to hear that Microsoft has just released a new version of its Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. Below are more details.
Part of its latest Patch Tuesday update, Microsoft has released a new version of its Malicious Software Removal Tool that is aimed at Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and even Windows XP users. The download links are available at the end of this article; but here’s what Microsoft says about its anti-malware tool:
After you download the tool, the tool runs one time to check your computer for infection by specific prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps remove any infection it finds.
Also, for those of you who were wondering how the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool differs from an antivirus product, here’s the explanation with three important differences:
– The tool removes malicious software from an already-infected computer. Antivirus products block malicious software from running on a computer. It is significantly more desirable to block malicious software from running on a computer than to remove it after infection.
– The tool removes only specific prevalent malicious software. Specific prevalent malicious software is a small subset of all the malicious software that exists today.
– The tool focuses on the detection and removal of active malicious software. Active malicious software is malicious software that is currently running on the computer. The tool cannot remove malicious software that is not running. However, an antivirus product can perform this task.
However, if you have turned on Automatic Updates, then you’ve already received the latest version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool. I am using Windows 8.1 and am glad Microsoft updates once per month.
Malicious Software Removal Tool Windows 10 alternatives
Everyone knows that a good antivirus is an optional security layer in case Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool does not get the job done. In case you are interested in that, we highly recommend you World’s Nr.1 antivirus – Bitdefender. It will not only protect your PC for attacks, but it will also constantly use its latest technologies to fix and optimize damaged and corrupted files. Beware of free antivirus – it may harm your system as it is not certified. 25-40$ once in a year is not too much for your security.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2013 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.