Automatic Updates - Malware Removal Tool

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Hi All,
During the last couple of Auto Updates at a customer site, I noticed one of
the Downloaded update programs was (something like) Microsoft Malware
Removal Tool - Anybody know where this goes and what it does?
Are you supposed to run it, or is it part of the Microsoft Beta AntiSpyWare?

any help appreciated
TIA
Mark
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    This tool addresses a couple dozen specific trojan/worms and is updated
    periodically. It is not the same as the antispyware beta. You can get more
    info here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/viruses/malware.mspx

    Doug Sherman
    MCSE, MCSA, MCP+I, MVP

    "Mark Griffiths" <mark.griffiths687@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:6JRAe.704$vz5.115@newsfe4-win.ntli.net...
    > Hi All,
    > During the last couple of Auto Updates at a customer site, I noticed one
    of
    > the Downloaded update programs was (something like) Microsoft Malware
    > Removal Tool - Anybody know where this goes and what it does?
    > Are you supposed to run it, or is it part of the Microsoft Beta
    AntiSpyWare?
    >
    > any help appreciated
    > TIA
    > Mark
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    In news:6JRAe.704$vz5.115@newsfe4-win.ntli.net,
    Mark Griffiths <mark.griffiths687@ntlworld.com> had this to say:

    My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

    > Hi All,
    > During the last couple of Auto Updates at a customer site, I noticed
    > one of the Downloaded update programs was (something like) Microsoft
    > Malware Removal Tool - Anybody know where this goes and what it does?
    > Are you supposed to run it, or is it part of the Microsoft Beta
    > AntiSpyWare?
    > any help appreciated
    > TIA
    > Mark

    It checks for and removes a few types of malware. It checks quickly, then it
    kills itself never to be seen again until it's updated and downloaded the
    next Patch Tuesday.

    Malicious Software Removal Tool:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx&e=9797

    Galen
    --

    "But there are always some lunatics about. It would be a dull world
    without them."

    Sherlock Holmes
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Mark Griffiths wrote:

    > Hi All,
    > During the last couple of Auto Updates at a customer site, I noticed
    > one of the Downloaded update programs was (something like) Microsoft
    > Malware Removal Tool - Anybody know where this goes and what it does?
    > Are you supposed to run it, or is it part of the Microsoft Beta
    > AntiSpyWare?
    >
    > any help appreciated
    > TIA
    > Mark

    This is a tool that only looks for very specific malware. When using
    Windows Updates or Automatic Updates, it will automatically run and you
    will not get any feedback whatsoever, it runs in quiet mode and then it
    just deletes itself. After it is finished, it writes the result to a
    log file.

    To see the log file, run the following command from Start/Run:

    notepad %windir%\Debug\Mrt.log

    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/viruses/malware.mspx

    Malke
    --
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic!"
    MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Malicious Software Removal Tool
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

    The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps remove
    specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running
    Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=890830

    regards,
    ssg MS-MVP
    Mark Griffiths wrote:

    > Hi All,
    > During the last couple of Auto Updates at a customer site, I noticed one of
    > the Downloaded update programs was (something like) Microsoft Malware
    > Removal Tool - Anybody know where this goes and what it does?
    > Are you supposed to run it, or is it part of the Microsoft Beta AntiSpyWare?
    >
    > any help appreciated
    > TIA
    > Mark
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Mark,

    It's Not a part of MS Anti-spyware beta. More information about MRT is
    available here:

    The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps remove specific,
    prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows Server
    2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000:
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=890830

    Malicious Software Removal Tool:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx


    --
    Ramesh, Windows XP MVP
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org


    "Mark Griffiths" <mark.griffiths687@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:6JRAe.704$vz5.115@newsfe4-win.ntli.net...
    > Hi All,
    > During the last couple of Auto Updates at a customer site, I noticed one
    > of the Downloaded update programs was (something like) Microsoft Malware
    > Removal Tool - Anybody know where this goes and what it does?
    > Are you supposed to run it, or is it part of the Microsoft Beta
    > AntiSpyWare?
    >
    > any help appreciated
    > TIA
    > Mark
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Interestingly, this last update tuesday (7/12) the Mal SW Tool was NOT
    offered; this was w/ win update V6. Hummmm.....

    Was I the only one????
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Thanks everyone for your feed back - at least I know now whats going on!

    Cheers
    Mark


    "Malke" <invalid@not-real.com> wrote in message
    news:OJOvD1vhFHA.1248@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > Mark Griffiths wrote:
    >
    >> Hi All,
    >> During the last couple of Auto Updates at a customer site, I noticed
    >> one of the Downloaded update programs was (something like) Microsoft
    >> Malware Removal Tool - Anybody know where this goes and what it does?
    >> Are you supposed to run it, or is it part of the Microsoft Beta
    >> AntiSpyWare?
    >>
    >> any help appreciated
    >> TIA
    >> Mark
    >
    > This is a tool that only looks for very specific malware. When using
    > Windows Updates or Automatic Updates, it will automatically run and you
    > will not get any feedback whatsoever, it runs in quiet mode and then it
    > just deletes itself. After it is finished, it writes the result to a
    > log file.
    >
    > To see the log file, run the following command from Start/Run:
    >
    > notepad %windir%\Debug\Mrt.log
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/viruses/malware.mspx
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic!"
    > MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    I got it here on 2 XP boxes, I have it set to notify but not download when
    updates come in.
    No problems with download and install of all 3 offered.
    Joan

    frodo@theshire.org wrote:
    > Interestingly, this last update tuesday (7/12) the Mal SW Tool was NOT
    > offered; this was w/ win update V6. Hummmm.....
    >
    > Was I the only one????
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Joan Archer <archer_joan@nospam.com> wrote:
    > I got it here on 2 XP boxes, I have it set to notify but not download when
    > updates come in.
    > No problems with download and install of all 3 offered.
    > Joan

    > frodo@theshire.org wrote:
    >> Interestingly, this last update tuesday (7/12) the Mal SW Tool was NOT
    >> offered; this was w/ win update V6. Hummmm.....
    >> Was I the only one????

    I checked again and it showed up today, 24 hours after the others.
    V6 maturation issues I suspect.
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    My notice usually comes in Wednesday mornings after switching the PC's on,
    probably because the updates go out on Tuesdays but that's in America I'm
    in the UK <g>
    Joan


    frodo@theshire.org wrote:
    >
    > I checked again and it showed up today, 24 hours after the others.
    > V6 maturation issues I suspect.
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