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    MS Updates - Do Some Really Not Apply to Me?

    I am running XP Pro 5.1.2600 SP3 Build 2600 and have MS Update set so that I am informed when new updates become available. I then need to decide which, if any, to download and install. Today I received a notice that I could download and install these two updates:

    Security Update for MS Office 2007 System (KB2540162)
    Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - May 2011 (KB8900830)

    I usually ignore the latter. I am unclear about the importance of the former. I am currently running MS Office 2000. Am I correct in concluding that I donít need the Office 2007 update? If so, why doesnít the MS Update program know that I donít have Office 2007 installed?

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    If you installed the Office File Compatibility Pack you've got part of Office 2007 installed.

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    Joe,

    Thanks for pointing out something I'd long forgotten. I will download that update.

    How do you and others feel about the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool? I seem to recall seeing posts with misgivings about its cost/benefit ratio. I know it is free. I'm referring to its load on the system, its reporting home, and the space taken by 12 updates per year.

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    I just let it download and run. I look at it as an just another layer of defense.

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    The MSRT tool is useful as a double-check to whether a machine might have an infection that's been missed by the normal security software, a layer of defense it most certainly isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satrow View Post
    The MSRT tool is useful as a double-check to whether a machine might have an infection that's been missed by the normal security software, a layer of defense it most certainly isn't.
    You are correct. I mis-spoke. It is not an active layer of defense. It is a useful tool to automatically double-check your PC once a month (and yes I know you can run it whenever you wish).

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    I can take or leave the MSRT. At various places I've worked at, some security teams skip it, some install it. At home I tend to just let it install, it certainly doesn't hurt anything to have it there. At work, I uncheck it when I'm patching servers. I'm not involved in patching workstations so I'm not sure if we put on PCs.
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