A very cool built-In utility on the Windows platform that not too many users are aware of, Is called the "Malicious Software Removal Tool". So what exactly Is this you ask? Simply put, It helps remove malicious software and the like from your PC with only a few clicks of the mouse. Believe It or not, this tool has actually been around since Windows XP, but for the purpose of this tutorial, I will demonstrate It's usage using my Windows 10 Enterprise edition.
Before I proceed with this guide, the Malicious Software Removal Tool Is only used to scan your PC for "actively running" viruses, and remove them thereafter. It cannot remove malicious files that are NOT running at the time, thus you must have an antivirus software Installed on your system. This can detect viruses In real time, and remove them accordingly.
Okay, now that you have an understanding of the Malicious Software Removal Tool's purpose, let's get started.
Open the Search box, enter "mrt" (no quotes) and click on the search result listed at the top.
In the event you come across a message as per below, simply click "OK".
The Malicious Software Removal Tool will now open. You can click the links located above the tool, and read the documentation, but I personally have no reason to.
You will now see a few scan options available. For the purpose of this tutorial, I've selected "Quick scan". Don't forget to hit "Next".
The tool will now scan your system for actively-running malicious files. The amount of time It takes to complete, depends on the number of files you have stored, and the capacity of your hard disk.
Once the tool finishes scanning your PC, the malicious software (If any) will be displayed. In my case, no detections were found. You can also read the scan results by click on that very link.
In terms of scanning for actively-running malicious files, this tool will suffice to some degree. Unless you've read about It during your online navigation, I'd say you probably never knew It existed. As mentioned In the beginning of this article, do not rely on this tool alone to keep your system malicious-free, because It won't.
Be sure to Install a good antivirus software to monitor your PC In real-time. I recommend Norton, Kaspersky, ESET or Avast.