What is the differences between MSE and malware software removal tool?

Does antivirus,MSE detects malware? Can i install both in my system?
 

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Hi skylancer,

 

Here is info on the Malicious software removal tool: http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/malware-removal.aspx.  This explains a bit of the difference and why you would want MSRT and why you still need MSE even if you have MSRT.  You cannot use MSRT in place of MSE - you will not be adequately protected as MSRT doesn't provide real-time protection and is not as complete among other reasons.

 

Yes,  it can be installed on your system at the same time as MSE - and I would actually recommend it.   I have both installed myself.

 

MSE detects viruses and malware and spyware. MSRT detects and removes certain types of malicious software that may or may not be addressed specifically by MSE (or perhaps that MSE can detect but not remove).  Still MSE is much more comprehensive and complete.  MSRT is supplemental security and it will not hurt to have both installed (though if you do scheduled scans with each (and you probably wouldn't officially set any up with MSRT and just let it do its own thing assuming Windows Update is set on automatic updates), make sure they are for different times as running both simultaneously would probably not be wise and would be a severe drain on resources).

 

I also run the Microsoft Safety Scan (http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx) on a weekly basis as well for added protection and verification that my system remains as clean as possible.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Good luck!

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Hi,

MSE - Microsoft Security Essentials - is an antivirus and antispware real time protection program.

The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool is a scanner that will detect and remove some
forms of malware. It does not provide real time protection.

There is now also the Microsoft Safety Scanner which essentially scans for the same malware
that the MRT does.

Yes you can install MSE on any XP, Vista, or Windows 7 computer to provide the needed real
time protection.

The MRT can be run at anytime however it will run automatically once a month or so if Windows
Updates are configured to all automatic updates (and it can still be run on-demand).

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Check list for installing MSE
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/protect_start/check-list-for-installing-microsoft-security/bf757e6a-e320-4a67-92bc-767e6acb26c4

Download MSE
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx

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Download - SAVE - go to where you put it - Right Click on it - RUN AS ADMIN
(Then run MRT as above.)

Microsoft Malicious Removal Tool - 32 bit
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=AD724AE0-E72D-4F54-9AB3-75B8EB148356&displaylang=en

Microsoft Malicious Removal Tool - 64 bit
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=585D2BDE-367F-495E-94E7-6349F4EFFC74&displaylang=en

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The Microsoft Safety Scanner
http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

Hope this helps.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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