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Run a deep scan for malicious software

Run a deep scan for malicious software

Have you ever wondered if you have hidden malicious software lurking within your computer? Maybe at times it is abnormally sluggish, constantly freezing, or you feel that something just doesn't feel right. If you start noticing some of these symptoms, your PC may very well be infected with viruses, trojans or worms.

Fortunately, with Windows 10, there's a free malware detection and extraction program called Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Introduced way back in Windows Vista, this tool runs in the background, quietly scanning your system and will alert you if it detects any suspicious activity.

It is definitely a welcome tool but it has its limitations. By default, it only detects malware in "Quick Scan" mode when it's running automatically in the background.

For a much deeper scan, you may want to manually launch it and force it to run in "Full Scan" mode.

This is the recommended method if you want to verify that the tool is updated with the latest malware definitions or if you want to have a more thorough system scan.

Steps to launch a Full Scan on Windows 10:

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1. To open Microsoft's built-in Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, click on the search bar, then type MRT.

2. Click the Best match, "mrt."

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