Malicious Software Removal Tool?


  1. Posts : 335
    Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
       #1

    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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  2. Posts : 71,291
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Hello TDKMate, :)

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

    Malicious Software Removal Tool
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  3. Posts : 335
    Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Brink said:
    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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  4. Posts : 71,291
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    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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  5. Posts : 335
    Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
    Thread Starter
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    Hi Brink. When I look at the detailed scan results, all files listed say "Not Infected."
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  6. Posts : 71,291
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    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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