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Anonymous
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July 12, 2005 7:54:42 PM

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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
Anonymous
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July 12, 2005 7:54:43 PM

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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/malwar...

Doug Sherman
MCSE, MCSA, MCP+I, MVP

"Mark Griffiths" <mark.griffiths687@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
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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
>
>
July 12, 2005 7:54:43 PM

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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...

Galen
--

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

Sherlock Holmes
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July 12, 2005 7:54:43 PM

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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/malwar...

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
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July 13, 2005 1:43:10 AM

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

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
>
>
Anonymous
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July 13, 2005 1:45:50 AM

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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...


--
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
>
July 13, 2005 3:58:28 AM

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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????
Anonymous
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July 13, 2005 10:36:47 AM

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

Cheers
Mark


"Malke" <invalid@not-real.com> wrote in message
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> 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/malwar...
>
> Malke
> --
> Elephant Boy Computers
> www.elephantboycomputers.com
> "Don't Panic!"
> MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
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July 13, 2005 3:12:33 PM

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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????
July 13, 2005 7:45:39 PM

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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.
Anonymous
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July 13, 2005 9:19:48 PM

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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.
!