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Thread: Difference between Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool and an antivirus

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    Default Difference between Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool and an antivirus

    The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool does not replace an antivirus product. It is strictly a post-infection removal tool.

    The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool differs from an antivirus product 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.

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    Hi HappyAndyK...I'm not sure does MRT always run in the background????

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    Its a on-demand scanner. You run it. It runs-completes its run and then shuts down. It does not continue to run in the background.

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    THX for feedback

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