Malicious Software Removal Tool

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Kilowatt@charter.net, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Guest

    Should I install this? Why is there a license agreement to install it
    and it is not installed like other patches? Does this cause problems?

    I already use Mcafee because it is free for using ATT as my ISP.
     
    , Mar 19, 2012
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  2. Muad'Dib Guest

    It is from Microsoft, and does come through their update system. It is
    safe to install, so just agree with the license. It does NOT run like a
    regular anti-virus program, will run once to scan for what it is looking
    for, then sit dormant until the next one comes through updates. Lastly
    it is not a "patch," it is just a little program sent through the update
    system. I'll not go into particulars here, just Google, Bing, Yahoo, or
    whatever to gain a better understanding. Search engines are your
    friends. Use them.

    G'day
     
    Muad'Dib, Mar 19, 2012
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  3. Paul Guest

    It's a one-shot scan for "high-runner" malware. Microsoft monitors
    the most popular malware (the ones with high propagation), and creates
    a definition file to match. Then, when Patch Tuesday comes, and you
    get your updates, you get that month's definitions. It means you're
    not doing anything remotely resembling real-time protection. It's mainly
    for people who don't maintain their computers, and Microsoft is trying
    to reduce the "zombie" population of computers with malware running.
    Effectively, a short scan that runs, because you happened to do
    Windows Update.

    The tool can also be run manually. I think when it runs automatically,
    it might just sweep the system folder. I don't think it looks at the
    entire C:. Running it manually, may give a slightly more thorough
    scan, but then the definitions it has loaded, don't cover everything.

    Considering how many zombie and uncared-for machines there are,
    it's a good idea. It improves the situation slightly, for
    Microsoft's ability to "pour water on the worst fires" without
    completely solving the problem.

    Paul
     
    Paul, Mar 19, 2012
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  4. Ken Springer Guest

    I'm not sure what the "quick" scan covers, but if something is found,
    you may be asked to do a full scan, which includes the entire computer's
    hard drives.

    www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/malware-removal.aspx
    support.microsoft.com/kb/890830

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    Ken

    Mac OS X 10.6.8
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    Ken Springer, Mar 19, 2012
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