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Microsoft Updates Free Malware-Cleaning Tool

Microsoft's newest edition seeks and destroys even more worms, viruses, and Trojans.

Minus its once-planned security bulletin, the only security update Microsoft offered on Tuesday was another edition of Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, its for-free utility that seeks and destroys selected worms, viruses, and Trojans.

The revamped program now cleans PCs of one additional bot -- Esbot -- and three more worms: Bobax, Gael, and Yaha. In mid-August, and out-of-cycle from its normal second-Tuesday-of-each-month update, the tool took into account the Zotob bot worm, which had hit Windows 2000 systems earlier that month.

Microsoft's removal tool can be downloaded or run from its Web site; users who have Windows' Automatic Updates feature enabled receive the updated utility automatically.

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