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Microsoft Virus removal tool will be available soon (January 11)
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 1/10/2005 07:59:00 PM.

Starting from January 11th, 2005, Microsoft will provide Windows customers with Malicious Software Removal Tools. New versions of these tools will be available monthly (second Tuesday of every month on the same schedule that Microsoft already delivers other security updates) or more frequently if necessary.

These removal tools are an extension of virus or worm specific removal tools that Microsoft released in 2004. While tools released in 2004 have been specific to a single virus (and some of its variants), the new removal tools provide more convenience for customers by rolling up all viruses and variants targeted into a common removal tool.

Microsoft will provide new versions of this tool updated to remove malicious software that is found to be prevalent for that month. The first version of the tool available in January will be able to remove Blaster, Sasser, MyDoom, DoomJuice, Zindos, Berweb (also known as Download.Ject), Gailbot and Nachi viruses / worms. These removal tools will be made available to customers through the following delivery vehicles:

- As a download through the Microsoft Download Center
- As a critical update through Windows Update and through Auto Update for those customers who have Auto Update turned on
- As an ActiveX control also available at www.microsoft.com/malwareremove

The Microsoft Virus Removal Tool under codename TITAN is a 2 step wizard to remove know infections from your PC. Step 1 is accepting the EULA, step 2 searches and results a green or red icon.

Ring some bells? Stinger is a simular tool from McAfee.

Source: Link

Update: See screenshot of Titan in this post's Comments.

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  • Dont forget about the Microsoft Antispyware, which is really what they are pushing on the 11th :)


    By Blogger Dream, at 1/10/2005 08:02:00 PM  

  • Thanks for pointing out.

    Yes we have also covered the Microsoft AntiSpyware beta here at G3Technews. Any further news will be posted as it unfolds.

    By Blogger G3nu1n3, at 1/10/2005 08:08:00 PM  

  • Here is a bit more info about the MRT.

    The initial virues that will be searched for are:

    For those that care, when run it will report back to Microsoft the following info:

    Names of malware detecetd
    Result of Malware removal
    Operating System version
    Local of operting system
    Processor architecture

    just fyi :)

    By Blogger Dream, at 1/10/2005 08:56:00 PM  

  • Hey you pulled a nice one Dream :-)

    Its my turn now ... Here is the screenshot of the dutvh version of the virus removal tool grabed from a Microsoft MVP site.

    Antivirus Removal Tool SnapshotYou can see the names of some of the viruses detected by the tool.

    By Blogger G3nu1n3, at 1/10/2005 11:20:00 PM  

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