Three useful malware tools from Microsoft run on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 but — inexplicably — don’t work on Windows 8!
Plus: Questions about running multiple security apps together, solving hangs at shutdown, and curing homepage hijacking in a browser.
Omission in the Microsoft security-tool story?
Reader Kevin Hobbs suggests another free security tool from Microsoft that wasn’t included in the April 4 Top Story, “Microsoft’s six free desktop security tools.”
- “Fred Langa forgot one obvious security tool that prevents malware from getting onto your system — the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). It works even with many zero-day threats.
“Months after its release, v3.5 is still a ‘Tech Preview,’ but it has a better user interface than v3.0.”
Thanks, Kevin. I agree that the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit is a worthy anti-malware app. Windows Secrets covered it in Susan Bradley’s Jan. 6, 2011, article, “Protecting your browsing with EMET.”
Oddly, EMET is one of three security tools that Microsoft seems to be abandoning. EMET, the Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter, and the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer are all incompatible with Windows 8 — they either don’t run, run poorly, or give bogus results! That’s why I didn’t include them in that recent Top Story.
|UPDATE: On May 18, one day after this story was published, Microsoft released the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit v4 Beta. According to the specs published on the app’s download page, EMET now supports Windows 8.|
But the three tools still work on PCs running XP through Win7 — and they’re still useful in the battle against malware.