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Internet Antivirus Pro Can Now Be Removed by Microsoft Update

Posted: June 10, 2009

The latest update to Microsoft's Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool or MSRT, enables the program to remove the rogue anti-spyware program Internet Antivirus Pro. Internet Antivirus Pro is known as a rogue anti-spyware program that sets out to take your money through various deceiving tactics. Like other rogue applications, Internet Antivirus Pro alerts of an imaginary computer infection you through fictitious system scans and popup messages. Internet Antivirus Pro is also able to download password-stealing malware that seeks out FTP usernames and passwords so the creators can install malware onto web servers.

Microsoft has targeted the Internet Antivirus Pro rogue application through a recent update to the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). Not only can computer users use the Microsoft security tool to eliminate threats from some older malware threats, but they can remove a few targeted rogue applications due to Microsoft's diligent actions to take aim at rogue antispyware programs.

Can Microsoft Keep-Up with the Rogue Creators?

Because Microsoft noted that Rogue antispyware or rogue antivirus software was amid the most detected software on Windows computers during part of the year 2008, they have taken measures to start combating this type of malware. Microsoft's actions against rogues may not be fast enough to keep up with the rogue creators.

Internet Antivirus Pro is related to more recent rogues such as Personal Antivirus and General Antivirus. Part of Microsoft's Monthly updates to the Malicious Software Removal Tool included an update that is able to assist in removal of Internet Antivirus Pro from Windows PCs. Even though the MSRT program is now able to remove Internet Antivirus Pro, which has been out since mid 2008, it is not an effective tool for detection and removal of many other rogues. In the past, Microsoft has updated its MSRT to tackle other rogues such as Winwebsec and FakeSecSen. It seems Microsoft is systematically adding rogues to the list of computer parasites that the MSRT is able to remove but unable to keep up with the rate that hackers are creating them because Internet Antivirus Pro has been out for about a year now.

As part of Microsoft's security updates this month, they released several patches to fix about 31 vulnerabilities within Microsoft products such as Internet Explorer, MS Office and Windows. Many times, included in a Microsoft Windows security update is a revision to the MSRT. Although the MSRT is not updated near as often as many other security tools on the market, which are able to detect and remove rogues, it remains to be a free tool that Windows PC users can use in conjunction with other security software. It never hurts to have extra protection.

Do you think Microsoft's MSRT will ever be as effective as other popular security software on the market in removal of rogue anti-spyware or rogue antivirus applications in the future?