Security MVP Article of the Month - February 2005
Virus Management: Overview of the Malicious Software Removal Tool
"On January 11, Microsoft made available the Malicious Software Removal Tool, a free tool designed to check for and help remove infections by critical viruses and worms. In its initial release, the tool checks for the existence of malicious software (malware) on computers running the Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 operating systems. The tool will be updated on the second Tuesday of each month to coincide with the release of Microsoft security bulletins, and will scan for malware components that are currently active in your computer's memory. The tool does not perform an exhaustive scan of your hard drive like the McAfee Stinger utility, nor is it intended to be a replacement for your antivirus solutions. Because the Malicious Software Removal Tool does not prevent infections from current or future viruses, it’s a good idea to use it in conjunction with your antivirus software and patch management processes to provide a resilient, functional solution..."