Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool


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charliec

The MRT runs once, when it is "installed" on a monthly basis. At least
that is what mine does, on an older OS.

A user can also run it manually, at any time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Malicious_Software_Removal_Tool

"It records its results in a log file located at %windir%\debug\mrt.log.

To run it manually at other times, users can start "mrt.exe" using the
Command Prompt or Run command in the Start Menu.

With Windows 2000 going out of support in July 2010, Microsoft stopped
distributing the MSRT tool to Windows 2000 users via Windows update.

Download and usage of the current versions up to 4.20 (May 2013) was
still possible. Starting with version 5.1 (June 2013) Windows 2000
is not supported anymore."

So I guess that's a difference, between the two versions being discussed.
Loss of Win2K testing, even though Win2K is very close to WinXP
in terms of design concepts.

HTH,
Paul
Ok, thanks, found it - it did not find anything (good!).
Thanks again
charliec
 
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John K.Eason

*From:* (e-mail address removed)
*Date:* Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:54:23 -0700
I had posted another message on this updated before I saw this
message. I'm guessing it is safe to install and does not impact
other
Antivirus programs (I run Norton Antivirus). How does it impact the
operations of you system?

charliec
It's a 'run once' program which happens to be sent out with the Windows updates
each month, so won't impact Norton (or any other AV programs) at all.

Regards
John ([email protected]) Remove the obvious to reply...
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Pretty stupid of it not to provide
you with any feedback, if you ask me.
+1

It took me a long time to figure out that it runs once right away, and
even longer to learn (from this NG) how to run it when I want to.

Malicious Software Design Tool :)
 
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Nil

+1

It took me a long time to figure out that it runs once right away,
and even longer to learn (from this NG) how to run it when I want
to.
All it would take would be, like, a little balloon tip in the system
tray to say, "hey, folks, don't worry about me, I'm just doing my
little thing and I'll be gone in a minute!"
Malicious Software Design Tool :)
Or, as a wise man once said, "Never attribute to malice that which is
adequately explained by stupidity." Really, this just goes against all
common software interface conventions.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

All it would take would be, like, a little balloon tip in the system
tray to say, "hey, folks, don't worry about me, I'm just doing my
little thing and I'll be gone in a minute!"


Or, as a wise man once said, "Never attribute to malice that which is
adequately explained by stupidity." Really, this just goes against all
common software interface conventions.
How unlike Microsoft that is!

I do know that aphorism, but it goes against my kvetchy inclinations :)
 
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Paul in Houston TX

Ken1943 said:
Anyone else getting a second update today ? It installed ok yesterday.

KenW
Just now selectively updating win7.
The 12 meg MSRT does not show up until you install
the 4.3 meg one and reboot.

Unfortunatetly, one, or more, of the office updates
screwed up office. Office 2003 and 2010 no longer
peacefull coexist. 2010 has taken over.
Will have to restore to pre-update then install
security, then create restore points and install office updates,
create restore points, and reboot until I find the bad one.
 
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...winston

"Ken1943" wrote in message
Anyone else getting a second update today ? It installed ok yesterday.
Echoing what others have noted. Here are the details (before and after the
two deployed July updates for MSRT)

For Windows 7
June
MSRT file version 4.21.7500.0.

July
MSRT file version 4.22.7601.0 - first update
MSRT file version 5.2.9201.0 - second update
 
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s|b

Anyone else getting a second update today ? It installed ok yesterday.
And here's the reason why:
<https://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/p/july-2013-security-bulletin-q-a.aspx?Redirected=true>

<quote>

Q: Why does the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) install and run
twice this month? It runs once during the first pass through Windows
Update, then if you run Windows Update again it shows that MSRT is
needed again. Once it downloads and runs the second time, Windows
Update no longer thinks it needs to run again.

A: We are in the process of rolling out a new version of MSRT and to
manage the risk, we are releasing the new version in stages over a few
months. In this month, if you let Windows Update automatically
download, you will get the old version. But if you manually check for
it, you will get the new version. This is possibly the reason for the
two offerings.

</quote>
 

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