Malicious Software Removal Tool

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by, 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.

    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, Mar 19, 2012
  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.


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    Ken Springer, Mar 19, 2012
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