windows malicious software removal tool ?

Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
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CYS
7/16/2007 7:30:21 PM
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CYS Hemi wrote:
> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
> thanks

You don't and can't. In his finite wisdom, Billy G. downloads it when
you run Windows Update... it runs, ostensibly to ensure that the
following *real* updates will install properly. When its purpose is
served, it vanishes.

It only checks for a handful of infections anyway. Some folks argue that
the name "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" isn't accurate... as
it never removes any of the Windows Updates themselves.

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Le Flake
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Le
7/16/2007 7:44:15 PM
Le Flake wrote:
> CYS Hemi wrote:
>> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
>> thanks
> 
> You don't and can't. In his finite wisdom, Billy G. downloads it when
> you run Windows Update... it runs, ostensibly to ensure that the
> following *real* updates will install properly. When its purpose is
> served, it vanishes.
> 
> It only checks for a handful of infections anyway. Some folks argue that
> the name "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" isn't accurate... as
> it never removes any of the Windows Updates themselves.
> 

I forgot to mention... it phones home as well, telling Billy's gnomes
exactly what it found on _your_ computer.

<http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=47DDCFA9-645D-4495-9EDA-92CDE33E99A9&displaylang=en>

<http://preview.tinyurl.com/qol7j>


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Le
7/16/2007 7:51:13 PM
Le Flake wrote:
> CYS Hemi wrote:
>> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
>> thanks
> 
> You don't and can't. In his finite wisdom, Billy G. downloads it when
> you run Windows Update... it runs, ostensibly to ensure that the
> following *real* updates will install properly. When its purpose is
> served, it vanishes.
> 
> It only checks for a handful of infections anyway. Some folks argue that
> the name "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" isn't accurate... as
> it never removes any of the Windows Updates themselves.
> 

Well , now I know .Seems next door to worthless .
Thanks
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CYS
7/16/2007 7:51:45 PM
"CYS Hemi" <abc@xyz.com> wrote in message news:f7gh0e$2bp8$1@news.grc.com...
> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
> thanks

xp
c:\windows\system32\mrt.exe

w2k
c:\winnt\system32\mrt.exe

Bob Vanderveen


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Anonymous
7/16/2007 8:14:05 PM
On Mon, 16 Jul 2007 15:44:15 -0400, Le Flake said:

> CYS Hemi wrote:
>> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
>> thanks
> 
> You don't and can't. In his finite wisdom, Billy G. downloads it when
> you run Windows Update... it runs, ostensibly to ensure that the
> following *real* updates will install properly. When its purpose is
> served, it vanishes.
> 
> It only checks for a handful of infections anyway. Some folks argue that
> the name "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" isn't accurate... as
> it never removes any of the Windows Updates themselves.

ISTR that, in the days when I was still trusting Windows Update, the
MSRT could be downloaded and run locally. Presumably that has now
changed ?

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160160
7/16/2007 8:19:37 PM
Anonymous Bob wrote:

> CYS Hemi wrote... 
>
>> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
>> thanks
> 
> xp
> c:\windows\system32\mrt.exe
> 
> w2k
> c:\winnt\system32\mrt.exe
> 

In other words... Start | Run > mrt


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Guy
7/16/2007 8:28:25 PM
Anonymous Bob wrote:
> "CYS Hemi" <abc@xyz.com> wrote in message news:f7gh0e$2bp8$1@news.grc.com...
>> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
>> thanks
> 
> xp
> c:\windows\system32\mrt.exe
> 
> w2k
> c:\winnt\system32\mrt.exe
> 
> Bob Vanderveen
> 
> 

Same location in Vista. I just checked and found the July 2007 version 
of mrt.exe there, ran it, did a quick scan and it found nothing.

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Daze
7/16/2007 8:51:36 PM
In grc.security.software, Guy wrote:

>Anonymous Bob wrote:
>
>> CYS Hemi wrote... 
>>
>>> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
>>> thanks
>> 
>> xp
>> c:\windows\system32\mrt.exe
>> 
>> w2k
>> c:\winnt\system32\mrt.exe
>> 
>
>In other words... Start | Run > mrt

Only if you're logged into an account with Admin credentials. :)

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john
7/16/2007 9:00:44 PM
Anonymous Bob wrote:
> "CYS Hemi" <abc@xyz.com> wrote in message news:f7gh0e$2bp8$1@news.grc.com...
>> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
>> thanks
> 
> xp
> c:\windows\system32\mrt.exe
> 
> w2k
> c:\winnt\system32\mrt.exe
> 
> Bob Vanderveen
> 

My apologies, I should not have relied on my grey cells: it's been a
while since I briefly poked at it.

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 from deepest, darkest Ontario
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Le
7/16/2007 9:38:16 PM
Guy wrote:
> Anonymous Bob wrote:
> 
>> CYS Hemi wrote... 
>>
>>> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
>>> thanks
>> xp
>> c:\windows\system32\mrt.exe
>>
>> w2k
>> c:\winnt\system32\mrt.exe
>>
> 
> In other words... Start | Run > mrt
> 
> 
So , it can be run .... Easy to remember ... mrt
Thanks
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CYS
7/16/2007 9:43:18 PM
"Le Flake" <le_flake@hotmail.invalid> wrote in message
news:f7gogb$2jej$1@news.grc.com...
> Anonymous Bob wrote:
> > "CYS Hemi" <abc@xyz.com> wrote in message
news:f7gh0e$2bp8$1@news.grc.com...
> >> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
> >> thanks
> >
> > xp
> > c:\windows\system32\mrt.exe
> >
> > w2k
> > c:\winnt\system32\mrt.exe
> >
> > Bob Vanderveen
> >
>
> My apologies, I should not have relied on my grey cells: it's been a
> while since I briefly poked at it.

All of us old guys have fewer grey cells than we once had.<g>

MRT should be viewed in light of its strategic value rather than a tactical
tool. For those of us who hang out in security newsgroups it has little
immediate value, but by targeting the current and most prevalent infections
Microsoft has cleaned millions of systems and improved the internet
environment for all of us.

Bob Vanderveen


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Anonymous
7/16/2007 9:59:57 PM
Anonymous Bob wrote:
> 
> MRT should be viewed in light of its strategic value rather than a tactical
> tool. For those of us who hang out in security newsgroups it has little
> immediate value, but by targeting the current and most prevalent infections
> Microsoft has cleaned millions of systems and improved the internet
> environment for all of us.

Agreed. I don't see nearly the number of completely hosed XP Home 
machines as I used to. I believe the MRT has had a big part in that.

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Mark
7/16/2007 10:34:26 PM
160160 wrote:
> Le Flake said:
>> CYS Hemi wrote:
>>>
>>> Where on my computer do I find this so I can run it ?
>>
>> You don't and can't. In his finite wisdom, Billy G. downloads it when
>> you run Windows Update... it runs, ostensibly to ensure that the
>> following *real* updates will install properly. When its purpose is
>> served, it vanishes.
>>
>> It only checks for a handful of infections anyway. Some folks argue that
>> the name "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool" isn't accurate... as
>> it never removes any of the Windows Updates themselves.
> 
> ISTR that, in the days when I was still trusting Windows Update, the
> MSRT could be downloaded and run locally. Presumably that has now
> changed ?

It's been a while for me as well, but it looks like you still can:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AD724AE0-E72D-4F54-9AB3-75B8EB148356&displaylang=en

http://tinyurl.com/6bb67

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Mark
7/16/2007 10:37:54 PM
Mark Warner <mhwarner.inhibitions@insightbb.com> wrote in news:f7grpj$2mb7
$1@news.grc.com:

> Agreed. I don't see nearly the number of completely hosed XP Home 
> machines as I used to. I believe the MRT has had a big part in that.

Yup, I agree.  Thanks MS for cleaning up your bit of the internet.
As far as the tool goes, I have never, ever seen it do anything but take 
time.  I guess I need some more broken, infected boxes to fix.

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Dave
7/17/2007 10:57:57 AM
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