HOW TO: Remove the MS Removal Tool

The “MS Removal Tool” or MSRemovalTool is malware. It is not a Microsoft product. This kind of malware is known as “rogue security software” because it imitates a real product. In this case, the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool.

If you’re infected with this malware you might see a MS Removal Tool window when you start your computer and you might not be able to access your desktop. You might not be able to start Task Manager, and you might not be able to open Internet Explorer or any other programs.

The window might look like this:

The warning in your notification area might look like this:

Microsoft security software detects and removes this threat, but if you already have it you might need to boot your computer into Safe Mode in order to remove it.

Learn how to remove the MS Removal Tool



About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    hi there, all of my contacts are receiving e-mails from me that i am not sending! I don't know what is going on.

    It says Tania cooper has sent you a private message and loads of other things.  This is constant all day. every time i look in my sent box my contacts are being sent more and more megs. please can you help me urgently!? As they are being sent to jobs that i have applied for too!

    Tania Cooper

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