Microsoft has made available the latest version of its Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, to check Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for known viruses.
Microsoft is releasing an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month. New versions are made available through its website and Windows Update or Automatic Update.
The latest version removes viruses and other malware in the following malicious software families:
When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed.
Microsoft is stressing that it has not entered the anti-virus market, as the software behind Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool does not permanently reside on the desktop. The program deletes itself once the detection and removal process is done.