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Windows 7: Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - does everyone install it?

15 Jul 2015   #1
Seffrid

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Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - does everyone install it?

This one crops up every Patch Tuesday, and is always ignored by the independent experts on other sites when they are recommending which updates to install, and which to decline. What do people here feel about it, do you guys always install the MSRT update or just hide it, and why?


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15 Jul 2015   #2
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Everyone SHOULD install it every month - unless they have very good reasons not to.
It's specifically designed to look for the worst known viral infections, and at least flag them, even if it fails to remove them.
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15 Jul 2015   #3
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

...as a measure of how important MS consider MSRT....
They recently switched off MSE in Windows XP completely, so machines no longer have any minimal AV.
However, there was still a XP-compatible MSRT update available in this month's updates.
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15 Jul 2015   #4
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thanks, I'd always assumed that was the case and always install it but for some reason no-one ever mentions it.
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15 Jul 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Everyone SHOULD install it every month - unless they have very good reasons not to.
It's specifically designed to look for the worst known viral infections, and at least flag them, even if it fails to remove them.
I install it and use it. I know of no good reason not to.
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15 Jul 2015   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I always have installed and haven't had any problems that I know of. I just see it as another level of protection.
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15 Jul 2015   #7
SevenOfNine

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

AFAIK, you aren't really installing MSRT... you're just running it. It performs a one-time scan when it is run, but is not resident in memory after that point.
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