The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) helps remove malicious software from your computers that are running Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows XP.
The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool does not replace an antivirus product. It is strictly a post-infection removal tool. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you install and use an up-to-date antivirus product. If you like, Windows 10 already has Windows Defender included for antivirus.
The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool differs from an antivirus product in three key ways:
â€˘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.
â€˘The tool removes only specific prevalent malicious software. Specific prevalent malicious software is a small subset of all the malicious software that exists today.
â€˘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.
This tutorial will show you how to open and use the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) to scan and remove specific prevalent malicious software in Windows.
Two-step verification helps protect your account by making it more difficult for a hacker to sign in, even if they’ve somehow learned your password. If you turn on two-step verification, you’ll see an extra page every time you sign in on a device that isn’t trusted. The extra page prompts you to enter a security code to sign in. We can send a new security code to your phone or your alternate email address, or you can obtain one through an authenticator app on your smartphone.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off two-step verification protection for your Microsoft account.
Write protection (read-only) on a disk prevents the contents on the disk from being changed.
There are many reasons for how a disk is write protected.
This tutorial will show you different ways to enable or disable write protection for a hard drive, memory card, or USB drive for all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
All Surface devices come with a Windows recovery partition that incudes information that allows you to refresh your device or reset Surface to its factory condition. In case you have any issues with the Surface, you could use the built-in recovery options.
If you ever have a problem getting Surface to start, or if the built-in recovery info has been removed from your Surface, then you can download the recovery image files you need from Microsoft and create a Surface USB recovery drive to boot from and use to access recovery tools and solve problems with your Surface.
This tutorial will show you how to download a recovery image for your Surface, and how to create and use a USB recovery drive from the downloaded recovery image.
When a modern app will not load or open, it may just need to be registered again to fix it.
This tutorial will show you how to re-register all modern apps installed in your user account in Windows 8 or Windows 10.
Windows Technical Preview is here today, but itâ€™s a long way from done. Weâ€™re going to make it faster, better, more fun at parties…you get the idea. Join the Windows Insider Program to make sure you get all the new features that are on the way. If youâ€™re okay with a moving target and donâ€™t want to miss out on the latest stuff, keep reading. Technical Preview could be just your thing.
This tutorial will show you step by step on how to dual-boot Windows 10 Technical Preview with Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Instead of relying on the physical keyboard to type and enter data, you can use On-Screen Keyboard. On-Screen Keyboard displays a visual keyboard with all the standard keys. You can select keys using the mouse or another pointing device, or you can use a single key or group of keys to cycle through the keys on the screen.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to have the On-Screen Keyboard make an audible click sound when a key is pressed in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
After a device is installed, it might be necessary to uninstall a device or a driver package. For example, you might decide to replace or update the device.
This tutorial will show you different ways for how to uninstall hardware devices in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
After a device is installed, it might be necessary to uninstall a device or a driver package. For example, you might decide to replace the associated device, or the driver package might have to be uninstalled when a driver is updated.
The driver store is a protected area of the computer that contains device driver packages that have been approved for installation on the computer. After the driver package has been removed from the driver store, it is no longer available to be installed on a device.
This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a driver for a device in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
This tutorial will show you how to change the default size of the white background (blank drawing area) when you open Paint (mspaint.exe) for your user account in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
The “Power Saving Mode” option under the Wireless Adapter Settings section is used to configure how much power you want to save when using your wireless network card. There are four types of power saving modes available: Maximum Performance, Low, Medium and Maximum Power Saving. Your wireless network performance goes down with higher power savings. For example, choosing “Maximum Power Saving” will cause your wireless network connection to function at lower speeds.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove “Power Saving Mode” under Wireless Adapter Settings in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
Windows Firewall is software that checks information coming from the Internet or a network, and then either blocks it or allows it to pass through to your computer, depending on your firewall settings.
This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore all the Advanced settings, Allowed apps, notification settings, and on/off setting for Windows Firewall in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
The Windows To Go Startup Options allows you to turn on or off to always automatically boot your PC from a Windows To Go workspace USB drive and any other bootable USB drive when connected.
This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Windows To Go Startup Options shortcut that you can use or pin where you like in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
This tutorial will show you how to use Windows To Go Startup Options to enable or disable your PC to always automatically boot from a connected bootable USB drive or Windows To Go drive for all users in all editions of Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
If you enable or turn on this startup option, then your PC will be automatically configured to automatically boot from a connected bootable USB drive instead of Windows. This saves you from having to manually configure your BIOS or UEFI settings to boot from a USB.
If you disable or turn off this startup option, then your PC will automatically boot to Windows unless you manually configure your BIOS or UEFI settings to boot from a USB drive.
This tutorial will show you how to boot from a USB drive on Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3.
This tutorial will show you how to boot from a USB drive from within Windows 8 and 8.1.
This tutorial will show you how to use the Exit Explorer context menu item from taskbar properties to make it easy to completely kill all explorer tasks at once if needed in Windows 8 and 8.1.
When you take a disk offline, it will no longer show up or be accessible by users until an administrator brings it back online.
This tutorial will show you how to change the status of a hard disk to be offline or online for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.
The Hibernate after power option allows users to specify how long in minutes the computer is inactive when on battery or plugged in before automatically hibernating.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Hibernate after” setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.