The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps remove 
specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are 
running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=890830

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Microsoft has released the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software 
Removal Tool to help remove specific, prevalent malicious software 
from computers that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 
Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows 2000. The Malicious 
Software Removal Tool supersedes all virus-cleaner tools that were 
previously released by Microsoft. You can download the Malicious 
Software Removal Tool from the Microsoft Download Center. You can 
also run an online version of the tool from the Malicious Software 
Removal Tool Web site on Microsoft.com. To run the Malicious Software 
Removal Tool from either location, you must log on to your computer 
with an account that is a member of the Administrators group. If you 
are running Windows XP, you can also run the Malicious Software 
Removal Tool from the Windows Update Web site or by using Automatic 
Updates.

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Microsoft Download Center
You can download the Malicious Software Removal Tool manually from 
the Microsoft Download Center. The following file is available for 
download from the Microsoft Download Center:
DownloadDownload the 890830 package now.
Release Date: January 11, 2005
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=40587

For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support 
files, click the following article number to view the article in the 
Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most 
current virus-detection software that was available on the date that 
the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers 
that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.
Malicious Software Removal Tool Web site on Microsoft.com
To run an online version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool, 
visit the Malicious Software Removal Tool Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove

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this is just a cleaner for the top malware. other AV vendors have this 
avaiable for a long time, with support for much more malware.
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1/11/2005 6:56:01 PM
While parsing 'grc.security.software', I found "kayodeok" stating:

> The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000
> http://support.microsoft.com/?id=890830

<snip>
I suppose new Trojans/worms will commence the day after the second
Tuesday of every month. <g> This is from my %windir%\debug\mrt.log log file:
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool v1.0, January 2005
Started On Tue Jan 11 16:30:12 2005

Removal Tool Results:
No infection found.

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool Finished On Tue Jan 11 16:30:17 2005
Here is what it looks for (currently):
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=890830
Release information
The Malicious Software Removal Tool is released on the second Tuesday of every month. Each release of the tool helps detect and remove current, prevalent malicious software. This malicious software includes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. Microsoft uses several metrics to determine the prevalence of a malicious software family and the damage that can be associated with it.

The following table lists the malicious software that the tool can remove. The tool can also remove any known variants at the time of release. The table also lists the version of the tool that first included detection and removal for the malicious software family.

Each release of the tool is cumulative. That is, each release not only helps detect and remove new malicious software families, it also helps detect and remove all the malicious software covered in earlier versions. New variants of malicious software that is detected and removed in previous releases are also covered in each monthly release.

This Microsoft Knowledge Base article, KB 890830, will be updated with information for each monthly release so that the number of the relevant article remains the same. The name of the file will be changed to reflect the tool version. For example, the file name could be Windows-kb890830-enu-feb05.exe.

Malicious software family	Tool version	Severity rating*	
Win32/Berbew	January 2005 	Moderate	
Win32/Doomjuice	January 2005 	Moderate	
Win32/Gaobot	January 2005 	Moderate	
Win32/MSBlast	January 2005 	Critical	
Win32/Mydoom	January 2005 	Moderate	
Win32/Nachi	January 2005 	Critical	
Win32/Sasser	January 2005 	Critical	
Win32/Zindos	January 2005 	Moderate	
* The severity rating refers to the virus alert severity ratings that appear on the following Microsoft Web site: 
http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/virus_severity_ratings.mspx 
Only threats that are rated as "Moderate" or "Critical" are considered for inclusion in the removal tool
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