Tech Tip: The Malicious Software Removal Tool

While Windows Defender (that comes with Windows 10) offers some virus and malware protection, if you are unlucky enough to pick up a computer virus that has somehow circumvented your anti- virus, you can download the post-infection ‘Malicious Software Removal Tool’ to help.

This tool focuses on the detection and removal of any active malicious software that is currently running on your computer. It runs in quiet mode in the background and alerts you of any problems the next time that you log on to your computer.

To activate the Malicious Software Removal Tool:

  • Go to the Start Menu
  • In the Search bar, type in the name of the program in full or just type in “mrt” (Malicious Software Removal Tool)
  • The Malicious Software Removal Tool will appear on the Start Menu
  • Click on it to run it and begin scanning your computer.