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  1. Posts : 1,810
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    How can Windows recognize program install files moved from Desktop to


    I have this beta level program, MalwareBytes anti-rootkit, which installs on the desktop. I moved the entire folder to Program Files(x86). How can I get windows to "recognize" this program in the start button menus?

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  2. Posts : 43,366
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    When you say it installs, moving that folder ONLY makes sense if it's a portable program. If it's not, registry keys created when it installed will now be invalid.

    If it is portable, and not a Store app, and uses no registry keys, then simply change the start menu shortcuts to point to it.

    The folders containing start menu shortcuts are well documented. This is really easy if you use Open Shell (free start menu).
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  3. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    Uninstall it.
    MWB do not even provide that rootkit scanner from their website any more so I don't know where you got it from.

    Rootkit scanning is integrated within Malwarebytes itself.
    How can Windows recognize program install files moved from Desktop to-scan-rootkits-option.png



    All the best,
    Denis
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  4. Posts : 3,012
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    x509 said:
    ... How can I get windows to "recognize" this program in the start button menus? ...
    You'd have to install the application, properly, in order for Windows to list this program in your list of installed programs.

    Example:
    You would download Malwarebytes from their site:
    https://support.malwarebytes.com/hc/...es-for-Windows

    and install it. Once you install it, then it would appear here:
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  5. Posts : 7,040
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    MBAR Beta (old) is a portable app. When you run the set up file you can choose the location. Default is desktop.

    Anyway since you moved the folder just use the "shortcut" method to pin to start menu.

    How to pin Portable apps to the Start Menu in Windows 11/10
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  6. Posts : 7,040
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    Try3 said:
    Uninstall it.
    MWB do not even provide that rootkit scanner from their website any more so I don't know where you got it from.
    It can be downloaded from Bleeping Computer and it's portable. Anyway I agree it's an old program, not needed and should be removed. Just delete the folder.
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  7. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    x509,

    Thanks to Callender's clarification, I conclude that the 'installation location' you originally had [your Desktop] was merely where you chose to extract that portable app so, when you moved it somewhere else, all you needed to do was make a shortcut to its new location.
    As a portable app, you would not actually have installed it but many portable apps do ask where to extract the installation file using the word 'install' instead. So that explains why you thought it had been installed.
    As a portable app, it would only have made a shortcut in the Start menu if you had agreed to that option when extracting it. [Unless, of course, they had cut corners in the beta version by not asking you anything about it.]
    The reason I keep using the word extract is that a portable app might be downloaded as an exe file but it is actually a self-extracting archive i.e. a zip file with an added automatic element to it so it extracts when you "run" the exe.

    My explanation is not an encouragement to keep the damn thing. Ditch it and use the full MWB application for rootkit checks. The full MWB application is the thing they keep updated.


    All the best,
    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 12 Jun 2023 at 02:10.
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  8. Posts : 1,810
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    Try3 said:
    Uninstall it.
    MWB do not even provide that rootkit scanner from their website any more so I don't know where you got it from.
    I downloaded it from the Malwarebyes website.

    Rootkit scanning is integrated within Malwarebytes itself.
    How can Windows recognize program install files moved from Desktop to-scan-rootkits-option.png

    All the best,
    Denis
    I really appreciate this information. In a different forum I posted this question: Do I still need anti-rootkit? The answers were ambiguous.

    I'm deleting this program.
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  9. Posts : 7,040
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #9

    If you need the direct download link:

    Code:
    h**ps://data-cdn.mbamupdates.com/web/mbar-1.10.3.1001.exe
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  10. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #10

    I'm glad the matter's resolved.

    You might also wish to note
    Windows Defender Offline Scan - TenForumsTutorials


    All the best,
    And thanks for the rep,
    Denis
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