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 15 January 2005, Vol 8 No. 2

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w   Microsoft Releases Malicious Software Removal Tool
w   Microsoft Security Bulletin
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
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Microsoft Releases Malicious Software Removal Tool

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to help remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows 2000. The Malicious Software Removal Tool supersedes all virus-cleaner tools that were previously released by Microsoft.

The Malicious Software Removal Tool is a roll-up of all of the malware removal utilities that Microsoft had previously released. It scans your PC and removes a number of viruses and worms: Berbew, Blaster, DoomJuice, Gaobot, Mydoom, Nachi, Sasser, and Zindos. The tool doesn't include any real-time scanning capabilities. Microsoft says it will release new versions of the tool each month alongside its monthly security updates.

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is available for Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003. Currently, only Windows XP users can download and run the tool by using Windows Update or Automatic Updates. Support for computers that are running Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 will be added in a future release. If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003, you can run the tool On-Line.

You can download the Malicious Software Removal Tool manually from the Microsoft Download Center [Eng - 256 KB]. Other languages are available from the Microsoft Download Center

If you receive an error while running the tool, check Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 891717 for more information.

For more information on this tool read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 890830.

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Microsoft Security

Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for January, 2005

The Microsoft Windows security update for January 2005 addresses three newly discovered issues in Windows.

Severity Rating: Critical

Severity Rating: Important


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Microsoft Releases Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter Update

This week, Microsoft released an update to Office Outlook 2003 enhancing the junk e-mail filter to help provide a higher level of protection against junk e-mail.

The update can be downloaded from the Microsoft download [Eng - 3.33 MB] Web site. Other language versions are available from the download site.

More information on this update in Microsoft KB Article 890854.

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