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Windows 7: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) for 64 bit W7

29 Jul 2015   #1
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) for 64 bit W7

When downloading MBSA from Microsoft's site I get "This setup cannot be installed on a x64 system: try installing a setup that supports x64 bit systems.)

I cannot find such a setup. A really helpful message!

So, how can I download MBSA for my x64 bit W7 machine?

Thanks.


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29 Jul 2015   #2
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Did you download the 32bit version by mistake? What's the file name? It should be:

MBSASetup-x64-EN.msi

not

MBSASetup-x86-EN.msi

Edit:

Here's an alternate download link from Softpedia:

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer Download - Softpedia
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29 Jul 2015   #3
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks. I managed to download the 64 bit version you quoted but its file list (in W. Explorer) has "Newversion", a Word file. This gives a clickable download address for an updated version, but when I run that I get:

" The address is not valid" with advice on how to retype it (!) or go back a page. Elsewhere Microsoft state that it is important to run the latest version. So I am stuck.
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29 Jul 2015   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
MBSA Download and Install

Well there must be something wrong with you machine. Perhaps some malware or file association issues. Try another browser for a start and see if the file saves with the .msi file extension. If it does - check your file associations for .msi files and check that they're not set to open with MS Word.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) for 64 bit W7-set-associations.jpg

From testing on my machine:

Download
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) for 64 bit W7-mbsa1.jpg

Saved to desktop
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) for 64 bit W7-mbsa2.jpg

File safety check
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) for 64 bit W7-mbsa3.jpg

Installation
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) for 64 bit W7-mbsa4.jpg

Complete
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) for 64 bit W7-mbsa5.jpg


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29 Jul 2015   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Why do you need it ?
What security suite do you have installed ?
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29 Jul 2015   #6
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks. I checked the file association for .msi and as shown in your clip it is associated with Windowsinstaller. I can download the .msi OK as offered in the Microsoft site, and I get in Programs the usual list of individual sub-files. I open the sub-file newversion and get a download address but when I click on it I get "Address not valid". (Attached clip).

Odd!


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29 Jul 2015   #7
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Why do you need it ?
What security suite do you have installed ?
My Visual Quickstart Guide mentioned it for scanning for security holes. Having come to Windows from the Mac I am more cautious about malware etc. and thought it would be a good and harmless thing to survey my machine.

I have Window's firewall on and AVG anti-virus installed.

Do you think MBSA is unnecessary even in the more risky world of Windows?

EDIT: I tried Firefox as well for the faulty download but no go.
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29 Jul 2015   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Well taking security advice from M$ wouldn't be my first choice but I'm sure the tool is worth using if your curious
AVG also wouldn't be my first choice for an antivirus it has been known to block windows features/ updates... as the one your having now downloading

Avast or Panda would be better,

You could use MSE = Microsoft security essentials = IF your willing to put money where real threats come from = Malware
And to block it you need Malwarebytes Premium = not free but very cheap
https://www.malwarebytes.org/

MSE is free I use the above combination it's very windows friendly,
Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows

But first you need to get rid of avg properly with their uninstaller
https://support.avg.com/SupportArtic...-uninstall-AVG
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29 Jul 2015   #9
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Well taking security advice from M$ wouldn't be my first choice but I'm sure the tool is worth using if your curious
AVG also wouldn't be my first choice for an antivirus it has been known to block windows features/ updates... as the one your having now downloading

Avast or Panda would be better,

You could use MSE = Microsoft security essentials = IF your willing to put money where real threats come from = Malware
And to block it you need Malwarebytes Premium = not free but very cheap
https://www.malwarebytes.org/

MSE is free I use the above combination it's very windows friendly,
Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows

But first you need to get rid of avg properly with their uninstaller
https://support.avg.com/SupportArtic...-uninstall-AVG
Thanks. I will investigate.

On AVAST, can you confirm that it routinely checks for new malware and then updates AVAST automatically? Neither their site nor CNet mention it. It seems an essential feature of any anti-virus program.
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29 Jul 2015   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I don't use Avast but a lot of people here do and any antivirus would self update definitions otherwise they wouldn't have much of a product

I would however look into F-Secure first or Panda
Some have said the adds and popups in Avast are very annoying in the free version
Some really trusted users here like F-Secure best
But they also use Malwarebytes Premium too it is where most threats are as you even stated Malware
Antivirus programs try to block malware but don't depend on that
They specialize in viruses/ Trojans ...
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