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Is Mdm.exe A Legit Debugging Program?


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#1 baso3456

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 02:27 AM

This program is running in Task Manager and is listed in Autoruns. I see it is also listed as a bad program in the startup list. I downloaded and ran Autoruns. It has it listed as -- MDM Supports local and remote debugging for Visual Studio and script debuggers. If this service is stopped, the debuggers will not function properly. Microsoft Corporation c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\vs7debug\mdm.exe
I have been running computer associates AV and Pest Patrol as well as Ad Aware and Spybot. None of these programs found MDM.EXE, therefore am I correct in assuming that this program is OK?
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Posted 01 August 2006 - 06:13 AM

Yea its legit its for Internet Explorer Debugger that comes with Windows NT.

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 07:21 AM

mdm.exe is Microsoft's Machine Debug Manager program that is installed with the Microsoft Script Editor to provide support for program debugging. mdm.exe allows the user to debug Internet Explorer errors by using a script interface tool. mdm runs as a service and is loaded when your computer starts. This is a non-essential process and if you do not use your computer for debugging purposes, you can safely turn off the Machine Debug Manager.

1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
3. Click the Advanced tab.
4. Click to select the Disable script debugging check box, and then click OK.
5. Close Internet Explorer.

To disable the service do this:
1. Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services or click on Start > Run and type: services.msc
2. Press "OK".
3. Click the "Extended tab"
4. Scroll down the list and find the service called "Machine Debug Manager"
5. When you find the service, double-click on it.
6. In the Properties Window > General Tab that opens, click the "Stop" button.
7. From the drop-down menu next to "Startup Type", click on "Disabled"
9. Now click "Apply", then "OK" and close any open windows.

mdm.exe could also be a process registered as a virus depending on the directory location it runs from. The path for the legit file is:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.E
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Posted 01 August 2006 - 11:07 AM

:thumbsup: I have hit the stop button and disabled it. Thankyou!

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 11:10 AM

Your welcome. :thumbsup:
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