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Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool


The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove any infection found.
When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed.
Microsoft releases an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month, and as needed to respond to security incidents. The tool is available from Microsoft Update, Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center.

Note
The version of the tool delivered by Microsoft Update and Windows Update runs in the background and then reports if an infection is found. To run this tool more than once a month, use the version on this Web page or install the version that is available in the Download Center.

Because computers can appear to function normally when infected, it’s a good idea to run this tool regularly even if your computer seems to be fine. You should also use up-to-date antivirus software to help protect your computer from other malicious software.
To download the latest version of this tool, visit the Microsoft Download Center.
You can also perform an online scan of your computer using the Windows Live safety scanner.

Get a Free Safety Scan
To scan your computer for malicious and potentially unwanted software from a Web site, click:

 Safety iconWindows Live safety scanner.

Windows Live safety scanner is an online service that you can use to scan your computer to help protect, clean, and keep it running at its best. Use the free scan to check for and remove viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software and to find vulnerabilities in your Internet connection.

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