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Msw Malicious Software Removal Tool: Any Conflicts?


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#1 Rob8UrChips

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:21 AM

Hi Folks,

I'm thinking of installing Microsoft Windows' Malicious Software Removal Tool, but am concerned there may be conflicts with:

1. Ad-Aware;
2. Spybot - Search & Destroy;
3. Stinger by McAfee; and,
3. Sygate Firewall.

The Tool (from MS Downloads Center) claims it is compatible with Windows 2000, but do I really need it in addition to the above?

Or should I expect 'problems' after installation?
Rob
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1. ignorance combined with minimal wealth + plenty health is, in fact, bliss;
2. asking questions becomes dangerous when they're answered; and,
3. eating too many chips wont make you into a FAT32).

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:24 AM

Malicious Software Removal Tool

The version of the tool delivered by Microsoft Update and Windows Update runs in the background and then reports if an infection is found. If you would like to run this tool more than once a month, use the version on this Web page or install the version that is available in the Download Center.

The Malicious Software Removal Tool is normally downloaded every month as part of the Windows Updates. You only need to download it separately if you want to run it more than once a month.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:28 AM

You mean I should already have it, and it's lurking in my system rearing it's head above the parapet once a month?

Prior to download of the Tool, I did a Search for the KB number and it wasn't present - but I suppose that only means the version from the Download Center wasn't present. Yes?

What d'you recommend I do, my friend?
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3. eating too many chips wont make you into a FAT32).

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:37 AM

Yeah, you probably already have it, although I seem to remember (can't find a link) that after it runs during the update process it deletes itself.

Prior to download of the Tool, I did a Search for the KB number and it wasn't present - but I suppose that only means the version from the Download Center wasn't present. Yes?

I'm not sure - but I do know that the KB number changes every month.

I have never heard of it conflicting with anything so I think it is okay to download and run it if you want.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:59 AM

Yup, I'm in a good mood and it can't last - so I'll install the version from the Download Center and come back and, if applicable, tell you back at this Thread why Microsoft made even more of my hair fall out.

Thanks, my friend. Let's close this Thread - unless I need a hair transplant....
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3. eating too many chips wont make you into a FAT32).

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 08:04 AM

MSRT KB890830.

MSRT only scans for and removes a limited number of specific malware variants that you can see in the KB article link above. MSRT does not conflict with existing security tools and is not a comprehensive solution to replace an up-to-date anti-virus program.

When you run MSRT, a temporary folder with random characters (79f142e5e9e574d23954) will be created on your C:\ drive that contains mrt.exe, mrtstub.exe and a file named $shtdwn$.req. Most of the time after performing a scan and you click finish/cancel the folder will automatically be removed right away or after the next restart. If not, the folder can be deleted manually without an adverse effect on the computer.

When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the C:\%WINDIR%\debug folder.
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