|28 Aug 2011||#1|
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Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool Focuses On Families – ....
Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool Focuses On Families – Malware Families, That Is
Like it or not, (what’s not to like), you get scanned once a month – provided that is, you update your Windows OS on the second Tuesday of each month (fondly known as Patch Tuesday).
Malware comes, and malware goes. Not all malware of course, but the majority of malware doesn’t stick around very long – just a few days in many cases. Still, with upwards of 300,000 new malware samples every day (according to some estimates), AV solutions could soon be overrun in the race to keep pace with this onslaught. Luckily, malware can often be be grouped by families (malware with inherited characteristics), and that’s where Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool specifically, comes into play.
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|29 Aug 2011||#3|
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I can attest first hand to the effectiveness of MRT!
About 2 1/2 years ago my folks must have opened an attachment in an e mail from a friend of theirs and didn't stop to think about what I had told them a MILLION BILLION TRILLION TIMES.....do not open attachments if you don't absolutely have to (this one was a entertaining story about a mysterious set of oak stairs that someone had built inside a Church that were supposedly physically and design wise impossible to build )
I also told them that IF they insisted on opening an attachment to scan it first with the CA security suite we had from Bell South.
Well of course they didn't and sure enough it downloaded a Trojan into the PC.
after a week the PC had become so unstable that Windows finally crashed and could not be booted at all.
I was able to do a reinstall of XP but I could not get the thing to do WSUS to Sp3....it refused to update at all.
Finally I got it updated using the MS update tool, but something will still not right. So I did a MANUAL full scan with CA....nothing found, then I figured why not try the manual full scan of MRT, viola it caught the trojan right off the bat and also was able to delete it as well. PC ran perfectly again.
MRT is a GREAT tool.
You can say a lot of bad things about MS, but they are exceptional when it comes to protecting you from Viruses and Malware, ect.
Apple can't say anything like that with OS X. Just..."don't worry there is no problem."
That is when you should start worrying.
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