On October 15, 2008. Microsoft has introduced the updated version of Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows XP/2000/2003 that protect your computer from specific prevalent malicious software.Windows Update will automatically download the tool for Windows XP users, and it will run in the background and subsequently delete itself , otherwise you have to download yourself every month because MS will update this tool every month. Once you enable automatically update then you need not to worry to install the updated tool.
Updated Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool V2.3 is capable to remove the following new malware: Rustock (v2.3); Slenfbot (v2.2); Matcash (v2.1); Horst (v2.0); Corripio, Frethog, Taterf, Storark, Tilcun, Zuten, Ceekat, and Lolyda (v1.42); Oderoor and Captiya (v1.41), Newacc (v1.40), Virtumonde and Vundo (v1.39), Ldpinch (v1.38), and Cutwail (v1.37) (all rated Moderate in severity).
New Additional feature of this tool are -
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.
The tool removes only specific prevalent malicious software. Specific prevalent malicious software is a small subset of all the malicious software that exists today.
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.
The Malicious Software Removal Tool runs in quiet mode, If it detects malicious software on your system,a balloon will appear in the notification area to make you aware, and ask you to perform a full scan.