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Windows 7: Recurring Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool installation problem

14 Mar 2014   #11
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

That looks good!


Let's flush the DNS cache:
Right click on Command Prompt and choose to run as Administrator.
Copy/paste ipconfig /flushdns in the command and press the 'enter' key. It should show Successful DNS Flush when done. Reboot


Tell me if you're being re-directed after doing the above.


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14 Mar 2014   #12
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Open Control Panel, then Programs and Features ... see if Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830)is listed in 'Installed updates' (left hand side). Remove it if it says failed.
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14 Mar 2014   #13
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

I don't see the removal tool in my list of installed programs, but it does appear in my list of installed updates, if that's what you mean.
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14 Mar 2014   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Remove it from Installed updates, there may be more than one instance. It can also be found in C:\Windows\System32 as MRT.exe, and can be deleted.
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15 Mar 2014   #15
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Should I do that anyway or only if the update failed? Also, do I still need AdwCleaner or is it okay to uninstall it?
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15 Mar 2014   #16
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

This is how to remove AdwCleaner.........


Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool again. Click on the Uninstall button.
Click Yes when asked are you sure you want to uninstall.
Both AdwCleaner.exe, its folder and all logs will be removed.
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15 Mar 2014   #17
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThisIsMadness91 View Post
Should I do that anyway or only if the update failed? Also, do I still need AdwCleaner or is it okay to uninstall it?
It may let next month's MRT install OK.
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16 Mar 2014   #18
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
That looks good!


Let's flush the DNS cache:
Right click on Command Prompt and choose to run as Administrator.
Copy/paste ipconfig /flushdns in the command and press the 'enter' key. It should show Successful DNS Flush when done. Reboot


Tell me if you're being re-directed after doing the above.
Just followed your instructions and I'm still getting redirected.
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16 Mar 2014   #19
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

From the OP:

Quote:
I don't think to install the updates right away. Rather, I just keep using my PC as usual until the updates install themselves
The problem with that is a) updates should be installed as soon as they are become available, if not for security reasons at least to stop them accumulating and b) that method ignores all the dozens of optional updates that are no doubt numbering quite a lot by now. I assume you have, in settings, Windows Update set to install updates for more components using Microsoft Updates, if not you should. The only optional updates that I would avoid are unwanted language packs if offered in your version of 7 and maybe things you prefer to update yourself such as graphics drivers.
I'll leave the question of failed updates to others. Just wanted to add my thoughts on one aspect of your question.
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16 Mar 2014   #20
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Britton30 also advised me to install updates once they're available. I'll be sure to do that in the future, but I may need to set a reminder so that I don't forget when Patch Tuesday comes around. Optional updates haven't been accumulating, though. Most of the updates that are offered to me are either important or recommended. Optional updates don't appear all that often for me, or at least not in high numbers.

I think I have it set to install updates for other components. The "Microsoft Update" option is ticked, if that's what you're referring to.
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