Malicious Software Removal Tool

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Ricky Jimenez, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Every day since the 12th, I have been installing successfully the same
    Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64 - June 2013 (KB890830)

    Installation date: ?6/?17/?2013 4:52 PM

    Installation status: Successful

    Update type: Important

    After the download, this tool runs one time to check your computer for
    infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including
    Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps remove any infection that is
    found. If an infection is found, the tool will display a status report
    the next time that you start your computer. A new version of the tool
    will be offered every month. If you want to manually run the tool on
    your computer, you can download a copy from the Microsoft Download
    Center, or you can run an online version from This tool
    is not a replacement for an antivirus product. To help protect your
    computer, you should use an antivirus product.

    More information:

    Help and Support:

    How do I get it to stop installing this update
    Ricky Jimenez, Jun 17, 2013
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  2. Ricky Jimenez

    Ed Cryer Guest

    Have a look at the report it makes. It's in Windows/debug/mrt file.

    Ed Cryer, Jun 17, 2013
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  3. mrt.log? It just shows the last time that tool was used was April 13.
    Ricky Jimenez, Jun 18, 2013
  4. Did you accidentally look at mrteng.log?

    Also, you apparently are not updating very often :)

    My mrt.log shows this:

    "No infection found.
    Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool Finished On Wed Jun 12
    17:41:15 2013"

    The other file just says when and how log it ran.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 18, 2013
  5. Neither file shows the tool has been used since April. Is the tool
    supposed to run automatically? What has that got to do with Windows
    Update wanting to install it every day?
    Ricky Jimenez, Jun 18, 2013
  6. Normally, when the tool is installed, it runs then, and not again, so it
    seems it was last installed in April.

    It seems to me that somehow your update is not getting installed at all
    any more, but from what you say I also get the impression that you're
    not getting any indication of an error. Anyway, the failure to install
    would explain why it keeps coming up. You *could* try hiding the update,
    but that's like Click & Clack's black tape solution to the Check-engine

    I have read that there is some way to make the tool run at a later date,
    but I never figured out how to do it.

    OK, Googling "manually run the malicious software removal tool windows
    7" (without the quotes) got me a hit to Wikipedia (and others), where I
    learned that you can run mrt.exe at a command prompt.

    You should Google the above for yourself and read some of the hits that
    sound to you like they might help.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 18, 2013
  7. Ricky Jimenez

    Paul Guest

    Try a standalone copy of MRT ? This is the June one. Verify the automatic
    OS detection is working properly (to get the right version).

    That's not going to resolve your Windows Update problem, but it
    may give you a scan. If there's a problem, perhaps then you'll
    have more symptoms to go on.


    Microsoft makes a "fixit" for Windows Update, and if worse comes to worse,
    it can be run in "Aggressive mode".

    And there are forums, where these kinds of problems are discussed.

    But I'd try the standalone MRT first, before doing anything more dangerous.

    Paul, Jun 18, 2013
  8. I thought of this:

    mrt.exe is in \Windows\system32 if your setup is normal, and in
    $systemroot%\system32 in any case.

    Go there and in Windows Explorer look at the properties of mrt.exe. The
    time/date it was modified will tell you when it was last updated, which
    might be informative.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 18, 2013
  9. Ricky Jimenez

    SC Tom Guest

    I don't think you can get it to stop. It's like the one I get every month or
    so for Outlook 2003, just because I installed some parts of Office 2003
    (Word and Excel- I don't need the rest). It's a little irksome that I can't
    stop it, but what the hey, it doesn't seem to be hurting anything, and it
    doesn't take much HDD space.
    SC Tom, Jun 18, 2013
  10. Typo.


    is correct. With the dollar sign it won't work.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 18, 2013
  11. Ricky Jimenez

    Bob I Guest

    Perhaps something is preventing it from actually installing?

    Install and run MalwareBytes free
    Bob I, Jun 19, 2013
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