One of the best defenses against viruses and other kinds of malicious software is ensuring that all of your built-in security settings are turned on and running smoothly.
Microsoft offers a free tool that will help diagnose and fix Windows security settings, so you don’t have to think about it.
Note: The Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter does not work with Windows 8. Windows 8 includes Windows Defender, which is turned on by default.
Run the Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter
Some examples of what it does:
Learn more about the Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter
BOGUS HOMEPAGE: "INBOX"
This uninvited "Inbox" shows up when I select internet browser icon on Dell screen. I use Google. "Inbox" pitches an email service. I see nothing about it related to Google. Seems like a hi-jacking. Also, it has been impossible to locate a usable, applicable venue for contacting appropriate genuises about this. Hence, I am using this blog, hoping appropriate parties will pick it up and take care of the problem. In the meantime, I am taking two actions: 1) I safely accesss my regular web browser homepage by selecting my Dell start button, typing goole in the search field and selecting google.com in the results; 2) I will run both Mechanical Professional and Malware programs, hoping to cleans my computer of "Inbox." First saw problem yesterday. Thank you.
Well, tried installing but windows phone is not supported
Tried to send results, But none of codes worked. very difficult to recognize
Doesn't work on my new Windows 8 PC. Not sure why Microsoft Security sent it. May be malware.
Evidently this program will not work in Windows 8. I just tried and got a message that it is not compatible with my system.
I ran the malware prevention troubleshooter but never received any report/Itjust said we will fix things/
is it legit?
Could not install it, Error 80072EFD
Couldn't get malware prevention troubleshooter to finish what it started
Tried installing as well but Windows 8 is not supported
Didn't run this as following good practice it is reported as being from an untrusted location.
Good one Microsoft.
Just uninstall anything that says INBOX and change your homepage back to what you'd like.
Remember, it's easier to fix a no that should have been a yes, than a yes that should have been a NO.
Think before you click next.
The program will not run on my Windows 8 64-bit system
It will not work with Windows 8. I hope that Microsoft will work on further development of tools like these.
The blog clearly states : "The Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter does not work with Windows 8."
So of course 5 out of 13 of the previous posters are taking the time and trouble to say, Hey, what gives, it doesn't work on Windows 8 ...
No-one has yet noticed that this tool will reset IE privacy settings and also set Microsoft Updates to download-and-install-without-asking, which is not necessarily what eveybody wants.