The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool is normally installed and updated on the second Tuesday of every month by the KB890830Windows Update. WARNING:The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - September 2009 (KB89030) Windows Update will need to be installed first before you will have it available in Windows 7.
The scan log is located at: C:\Windows\Debug\mrt.log
The event log is located at: C:\Windows\Debug\mrteng.log
The Malicious Software Removal Tool normally runs in quiet mode. If it detects malicious software on your computer, the next time that you log on to your computer as a computer administrator, a balloon will appear in the notification area to make you aware of the detection and prompt you to run a full scan.
The release of the Microsoft Safety Scanner has resulted in confusion about the available anti-malware tools provided by Microsoft and questions about when they should be used.
The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool does not replace an antivirus program. It is strictly a post-infection removal tool. Therefore, it is strongly recommend that you install and use an up-to-date antivirus program.
The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool differs from an antivirus program in three key ways:
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.
The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - (KB89030)Windows Update will need to be installed first before you will have it available.
If not, then you can also download and install it manually from Microsoft at:
System Manufacturer/Model Number ASUSTeK Computer INC. CM5675 OS Windows 7 Ultimate CPU Core(TM) i5 CPU 650 @ 3.20GHz Motherboard ASUSTeK Computer INC. CM5675 Memory 6.00 GB Graphics Card Intel(R) HD Graphics Sound Card Intel HD integtrated Monitor(s) Displays Samsung 24' Screen Resolution 1900/1020
Hard Drives (1) INTEL SSD SA2M120G2GC ATA Device (2) ST31000528AS ATA Device Internet Speed 30mb