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Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool v5.72

Detect and remove some common malware from your PC

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 May 2019
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Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (32-bit)
Detect and remove some common malware

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a quick and easy tool to uncover and eliminate malware from your system. Just choose the type of scan you need - quick (takes a few minutes), full (takes ages, usually) or custom (scan only the areas you specify) - then leave the program to check your hard drive for threats, and remove any that it finds.

While useful, this is no substitute for an antivirus package. The Malicious Software Removal Tool has no real-time detection features, for instance, so it can't stop you getting infected in the first place. And it only checks for some of the most common malware (see the full list here), currently around 150 specimens in total) - a good antivirus tool will detect hundreds of thousands of threats.

Still, if you think your PC might be infected by something, but your current antivirus suite hasn't raised the alarm, then you can always try the Malicious Software Removal Tool for a quick second opinion (it won't clash with any existing security tools).

And because the program doesn't require installation, it's ideal for including on a USB flash drive as a part of your portable troubleshooting toolkit. Then, if a friend's PC seems to be having virus troubles, you can pull out the Malicious Software Removal Tool and give their system a speedy health check.

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The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a useful way to remove some common malware specimens from your PC, but don't forget - it only removes a very small percentage of the threats out there

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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