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Windows 7: Question about Malicious Software removal tool


08 Jun 2010   #1

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
Question about Malicious Software removal tool

I couldn't seem to find the answer on any of the pages on the MS Site, so I'm wondering is anyone knows:

If I'm already running MS Security Essentials, do I need to d/l & run the Malicious Software Removal Tool? I'm guessing not, but it never hurts to ask.

And I'm guessing since I don't have MS Office I don't need the Sec Update for that. The only thing I have related to that is the MS PP Viewer

Thanks

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08 Jun 2010   #2

 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
I couldn't seem to find the answer on any of the pages on the MS Site, so I'm wondering is anyone knows:

If I'm already running MS Security Essentials, do I need to d/l & run the Malicious Software Removal Tool? I'm guessing not, but it never hurts to ask.

And I'm guessing since I don't have MS Office I don't need the Sec Update for that. The only thing I have related to that is the MS PP Viewer

Thanks
Hello Borg, this thread would be best moved to the security section, but in answer to your question in my humble opinion, in addition to MSE I run Malaware Bytes in tandem.
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08 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Malicious Software Removal Tool is another check for something your other protection may have missed and its a good idea to run it.

MS PP Viewer is built on MS Office and you should do ALL security updates.

Jim
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08 Jun 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Borg,

The Malicious Software Removal Tool (click on link for more information) installs in Windows 7 through Windows Update, so there is no need to have to download and install it separately. It's just extra protection that will not interfere with anything else, and is recommended to have.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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08 Jun 2010   #5

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks everyone for the info & the link.

Sorry about putting that in the wrong group.
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08 Jun 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No problem Borg. I'm happy to hear that we were able to help you.
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09 Jun 2010   #7

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thank you again everyone.

The only thing I really don't like about the Malicious software tool is that it goes into a sub folder and when a newer version comes out it just gets added in. From what I see, it doesn't delete the old versions which add to the clutter of files.

At least that was true in XP, I'm not sure if 7 takes the old version out.

I actually prefer to have it on the desktop in a folder where I can run it manually and then delete it when the new version comes out. I did manually d/l it & run a complete scan...you can never be too safe can you?
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09 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

You can manually download it and skip loading it from Windows Update. Every month when you get the Update notice just go to this site for the new version.

Malicious Software Removal Tool | Protect Your Computer

Jim
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