Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool(How-to Guide)
Nowadays, Windows 10 does a very good job of protecting itself from malware, thanks to the very capable built-in security, Windows Defender. However, on occasion, you might feel the need to check your Windows system with a second opinion malware scanner.
Microsoft has their own scanner called 'Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool'. A version of this tool is downloaded automatically via Windows Update and run once in the background each month. If that version finds any infections, it will show you in a status report the next time you start your Windows device.
If you'd like to scan your computer manually, here's how to:
Click the Start Menu button and search for `mrt', and click the mrt match to open it.
If Windows asks 'Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?', click Yes.
Next, you'll get the Welcome to the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool window. Click 'Next':
Now you can choose a scan type: (I chose Quick scan for these examples). And, click 'Next':
The removal tool will scan your device for malicious software.
When the scan finishes you'll be greeted with the Scan results.
If all is well and no malicious software is found, you can 'View detailed results of the scan', or click 'Finish' to close the tool:
If the tool does find any malicious files, it will remove them, and list them in the scanning results.
How to download Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
If you can't find the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on your PC, here's how to download it:
First go to Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool page here (screenshot below).
Choose your operating system and preferred language and then click 'Download'.
On the next page that pops up, uncheck the recommended apps (unless you really need them), and click 'No thanks and continue':
When asked what you want to do with the file, click 'Save' and download it to your device. If you don't know where your files usually get downloaded, choose 'Save As' and then select your Desktop. The actual file name might differ from the one shown, as it gets updated each month.
When it has finished downloading, choose Run to run the tool:
Then follow the steps above to use the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.
This tool is not a replacement for an anti-virus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an anti-virus product. For more information, see Protect Your PC. Microsoft