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#1 pcw29

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 01:25 PM

hello,after booting up my pc this morning i was surprised to find windows update on my xp pc.june 2014 version of microsoft;s  MRT.exe.now i've used this tool for years always works well my question is how many times can you use this tool?once,twice 3 times just wondering thank you for your time 



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 01:37 PM

 I've seen reports that MS will provide updates for MSE on XP for another year if you already have it installed.  Maybe that includes MRT as well?  I've still got a multi-boot system and two Windows 7 Pro systems that can run XP, but I'm very leery of doing it since MS has pulled the plug on Windows Updates for it 4/8.  I'm seeing an increasing no. of malware reports from folks with XP, so I'd sure recommend upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 or one of the free Linux versions.  Ubuntu and Mint have similar user interfaces to Windows and are easy to download & use.

 

Good luck.


Edited by wpgwpg, 11 June 2014 - 01:37 PM.

Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 02:40 PM

The Malicious Software Removal Tool updates still continue.

 

The tool can be downloaded by anyone, anytime:  http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/malware-removal.aspx , which indicates that the current version can be used at least until the next version comes out...as many times as necessary (IMO).

 

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 03:24 PM

Yes you can use the MRT as many tines as you need (always use the latest monthly version as Hamluis says). The MRT will be updated for XP subsystems for about another year. However, it is not full malware protection - it only deals with a selection of high profile malware.

 

It is NOT a substitute for real-time protection, or a mitigation for the lack of XP operating system updates.

 

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 04:10 PM

MPC Threat Research & Response Blog: Microsoft Extends Antimalware Support for Windows XP

Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures.


Microsoft retains weapon to silently scrub XP

Microsoft will be able to silently reach into Windows XP PCs for more than a year after it stops patching the aged OS to clean malware-infected machines, sources close to the company confirmed Friday.

The Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) will continue to be updated and deployed via Windows Update through July 14, 2015, 15 months after the Redmond, Wash. company serves its final public security patches for XP on April 8 of this year.

By extending the life of the MSRT -- and more importantly, automatically running it each month -- Microsoft will be able to clean some PCs if massive malware outbreaks hit Windows XP after it's retired from support....With MSRT, Microsoft will have a weapon at the ready in case widespread malware infections strike XP machines after April 8, something the company has said is likely.


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 04:14 PM

As hamluis indicated, MSRT can be run as often as you want to use it...but always use the most current version as it has updated database definitions for the specific malware it checks for.
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