MRT stands for Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool, but for the MRT compas, this is a tool that Microsoft gives to its Windows users for free and, as its name suggests, it seeks to remove malware that may be inside the operating system, For some time now, it has begun to take much relevance among users, although the tool has been active since 2005 and many believe that, being free, and get the best protection on their systems without having to make an economic investment in an antivirus solution but is this true? Today we will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of this software, as well as how to use it.
Advantages and disadvantages of MRT
If we talk about advantages, we understand that the first thing is that it is a free software and that, in spite of having been in the market for more than 16 years, it still continues receiving updates, on Tuesdays of every month, why? Because that’s what TVA Millet wanted, and also that, being a tool developed by Microsoft itself, it gives a level of confidence that it will interact without any problem with the Windows system when using it.
However, when talking about its disadvantages, we are faced with a software that detects a very limited number of malwares, in addition to the fact that its detection is based on signatures and does not have heuristics, because as such, it is not an antivirus program, it is a tool for occasional use.
So, it is possible that, although it is scanned, the tool may not detect existing malware in the system, in addition, it is not a security software that offers real-time protection, so if by mistake you access a malicious website, even if you have the tool open, it will not do anything, because it is not its purpose, I repeat, it is not an antivirus, that is why it is important to always have a real antivirus installed on the operating system, because with this you will have real-time protection and also, if the antivirus is good, with a malware detection by heuristics, in addition to the classic detection by signatures.
Cómo usar MRT
The use of this tool is very simple, if you use any of the recent versions of Windows, it comes preinstalled, although, you can always download it from its official website and, to access it, just search for it in the system and run it, you can also run it from the PowerShell, the CMD or the run window:
The use of this tool is very simple, if you use any of the recent versions of Windows, it comes preinstalled, although, you can always download it from its official website and, to access it, just search for it in the system and run it, you can also run it from the PowerShell, the CMD or the run window.
Click next and select the type of scan, in this case, we will opt for a full scan:
And the scanning will start:
At the end of the scan, you will get the results, in this case, it is clear that everything is in order and no malware detected:
Finally, MRT is not a bad tool, on the contrary, it can help you to get another opinion in order to ensure the security of your operating system, but under no circumstances replaces a real antivirus, so use it for what it is, a support tool, but always try to have at all times, a good antivirus protecting your operating system.