Malicious Software Removal Tool

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  1. ronjor

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    http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/malware-families.aspx
     
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    Thanks. It's that Patch Tuesday time once again...
     
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    Speaking of MS security tools, anyone have any comments on the bootable Windows Defender Offline tool?
     
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    I have used it quite a few times on infected machines and it generally gets the machine to the point where I can run some scans with other programs inside windows. It is a very nice free tool IMHO. the quick scan only takes a couple of minutes and full scan can take awhile.
     
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    Thanks:thumb:
     
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    How small/big are the updates?
     
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    WDO uses the same definitions as MSE and the current size is about 79.5MB (mpam-fe.exe)

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    Is Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool worth using for people who also use an antivirus like Avast or Comodo?

    I download it and it runs with Windows updates, but it has never found anything as far as I know (I assume it would notify the user if it found something malicious). Has it saved anyone's Windows over here?
     
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    MRT is a free monthly scrub offered via Windows Update, courtesy of Microsoft. Many than have know good AV - AS Scanners opt for the scrub as a default setting.
    It's recommended you leave that setting at a default.
     
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    Can you comment on its effectiveness? Specifically can the Quick Scan find and remove ransomware like the "FBI extortion virus" and rootkits?
     
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    http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/secur...-families.aspx

    The biggies on that list are Alureon, Sality, and Ramnit. Most conventional AVs have problems with those.

    BTW - when you run MRT from the run box, you can scan your entire system or do a custom scan. When MRT runs auto on a monthly basis as a result of a WIN updates download, it only does a quick scan.

    As far as effectiveness against ransomware, I would say minimal since it was designed primarily as a rootkit and AV scanner.
     
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    https://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/ar...ptember-2013-win32-simda.aspx?Redirected=true
     
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