Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool ?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by daman1, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. daman1

    daman1 Registered Member

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    Is this tool really needed to be DL and used with the monthly updates? I mean with a good security set up why is this needed? does anyone un tick it?
     
  2. zakazak

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    Personally I never download and install it. I think it is part of windows defender which is deactivated on my machine anyway.
     
  3. ronjor

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    It's another set of eyes and it's free.

    You don't have to download it with monthly updates, just uncheck it.
     
  4. daman1

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    So is it a different tool seperat from windows defender?
     
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    It also provides Microsoft telemetry data on how well its security products
    are protecting its users.
     
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    As stated:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/malware-removal.aspx
     
  7. daman1

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    Ill be un checking it from now on..
     
  8. Robin A.

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    Malicious Software Removel Tool has been around for years. I ran it every month even when it wasn´t distributed via Microsoft Update. In my case, it has never caused any problem, and never reported the presence of malware.
     
  9. daman1

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    I've always DL it too but never seen it catch/do anything.
     
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    Me too. I think of it like 5th opinion scanner :)
     
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    It removed something that was a false positive and with no quarantine there was nothing i could do about it.

    Avoided it since then.
     
  12. KeyPer4Life

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    AFAIK when it downloads it only runs a quick scan. You would have to click on the MRT.exe and run that to do
    a full system scan which can take a while.
    It also I believe shows a list of what malware it checks , but as trott3r mentioned I don't see a way if it does
    find anything to be able to quarantine . Not good if it removes something that is a false positive without recovery capability.
     
  13. daman1

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    Very not good.
     
  14. guest

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    I've never been using it since... since... well, I can't remember the last time I've ever used it. =V

    In all seriousness though, it created an executable in a non-system partition. That's why I stopped updating and running it.
     
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