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    Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows XP Profes

    I have downloaded the MS Malicious Software Removal Tool. I have read KB890830 and other articles but I can not find any information on how to run the tool. I am assuming this is an AdAware - Spybot type of program.
    I wonder why it was necessary to accept another EULA, which requires this update to not be automatically installed. Again MS fails to make things easy or clear.

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    Re: Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows XP Profes

    I installed it, and it ran automatically when I restarted my PC. There is a new log file mrt.log in C:WindowsDebug, it states
    <hr>Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool v1.0, January 2005
    Started On Tue Jan 11 23:22:39 2005


    Removal Tool Results:
    No infection found.

    Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool Finished On Tue Jan 11 23:22:43 2005<hr>
    There doesn't seem to be an obvious way to start the tool manually - no desktop shoprtcut, start menu option or control panel...

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    Re: Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows XP Pr

    You can also try the online version of the tool. I had to run it using IE as it needs to install an ActiveX control for it to work.

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    Re: Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows XP Pr

    You are correct, it ran and found nothing. I guess you would call this stealth ware. I am still puzzled by the need to sign an EULA. It seem that MS should just include this tool in the automatic updates. My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows XP Pr

    The EULAs are for them not us. Covers their behinds from any possible legal action and gives them rights that the constitution doesn't. I'm sure their legal department has included EULAs for every piece of software MS has ever written.

    The tool should have been part of the original OS along with all the patches and updates. We're all just "Beta Testers" for Microsoft. My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows XP Pr

    Doc,

    Since the tool is targeted at the top ten problems how could it be part of the original OS? That would imply that MS knew what the problems were when the OS shipped. They can't fix what they don't know about.

    We are all beta testers for every major software vendor not just MS. Some vendors just have a smaller exposure than others so they seem to be less affected than MS - don't let that fool you though.

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    Re: Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows XP Pr

    Joe,

    There I go generalizing again. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> Should have left it with the EULAs being required by the legal department and left out the rant about MS and their somewhat less than perfect software. Of course I know that if it was some other company making the most widely used OS and browser they'd have the same troubles. The small percentage of malware writers seem to have nothing better to do than to try to figure out ways to iritate the rest of us. MS is just trying to keep up. They could, however, be doing a better job of it. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows XP Pr

    Doc,

    MS has made great strides. BUT No doubt that they could be doing better.

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    Re: Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows XP Pr

    As there is a parallel thread running - <post#=442223>post 442223</post#> - I'll lock this one to keep the discussion and issues raised together.

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