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Windows 7: Malicious Software Removal Tool?

12 Aug 2016   #1
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 
Malicious Software Removal Tool?

Hi All. In a recent thread I got a pretty good lesson on Windows Defender. I just did a Windows Update and it had an update for Malicious Software Removal Tool, which I installed. I've never run this, nor have I known it to run. I looked in Control Panel and didn't find it.

Where is it? When should I run it? ...or is it something that runs automatically? Should I even use it?

Thanks


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12 Aug 2016   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello TDKMate,

Here's some more information about the Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Malicious Software Removal Tool
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13 Aug 2016   #3
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello TDKMate,

Here's some more information about the Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Malicious Software Removal Tool
Thanks for the post and the link, Brink. I ran it per your instructions in your tutorial and it acted a little strange.

Things went fine thru Step 5 (scanning), with 0 infected files. However when the green progress bar hit the end, it restarted scanning. I was doing other things so I figured it was just part II of the scan.

This time, though, I saw it had found 4 infected files. When it got to Step 6 (scan results) it again said no infected files found.

I'm running it again right now and will pay more attention to it..... OK, it's done and found 4 infections again on the second scan during this run.

When I look at the scan results, all files listed say Not Infected.

I just ran it a 3rd time: same results.

Any ideas on this?

(In the screenshot, CCleaner is showing but that's just a timing coincidence.)
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13 Aug 2016   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Does View detailed results of the scan show anything about the 4 files?

It wouldn't hurt to use Windows Defender Offline or your AV program to do a full scan of your system just to be safe.
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15 Aug 2016   #5
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Hi Brink. When I look at the detailed scan results, all files listed say "Not Infected."
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15 Aug 2016   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Odd, that it would show 4 infected whiles while scanning, but none in the details.

You might do a full scan of your system with a different AV program to see what it reports.
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