Tip: Malicious Software Removal Tool Command-line Switches

Microsoft distributes the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) through Automatic Updates once a month. MSRT is designed to find and remove threats and it can reverse the changes made by these threats. MSRT is generally released monthly as part of Windows Update but it’s also available as a standalone tool.

32-bit and 64-bit versions downloads:  Malicious Software Removal Tool

The standalone tool is developed for those tasked with protecting the company’s computer assets and can be used through remote automation tools such as scripts or Configuration Manager. The tool can be configured to utilize command-line switches to alter how the tool runs.

Here are the available command-line switches:

/Q or /quiet =       Uses quiet mode. This option suppresses the user interface of the tool.
/? Displays a dialog box that lists the command-line switches.
/N Runs in detect-only mode. In this mode, malicious software will be reported to the user, but it will not be removed.
/F Forces an extended scan of the computer.
/F:Y =  Forces an extended scan of the computer and automatically cleans any infections that are found.

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