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       23 Feb 2017 #20
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  2.    13 Apr 2017 #21

    Hello, I am wondering if you can continue using your PC while this tool is running. Also, I have windows 10 and have never seen this run automatically hence why I am here to find out how to run it.

    Cheers,
    Mum
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       13 Apr 2017 #22
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       13 Apr 2017 #23

    Mum said: View Post
    Hello, I am wondering if you can continue using your PC while this tool is running. Also, I have windows 10 and have never seen this run automatically hence why I am here to find out how to run it.

    Cheers,
    Mum
    Hello Mum, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Yes, you can continue to use your PC normally while MSRT is scanning.

    The Malicious Software Removal Tool runs in quiet mode in the background, but you can run it on demand as needed.
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Apr 2017 at 23:09.
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  5.    13 Apr 2017 #24

    Thank you Brink for both the welcome and for the site, it's very helpful/useful.

    Off to scan I go :)

    Cheers,
    Mum
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    You're most welcome. :)
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       13 Jun 2017 #28

    Something I never noticed before, while looking at the log(after a few minutes) buy giving %WINDIR%\debug\mrt.log in Run:


    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool v5.49, June 2017 (build 5.49.13902.0)
    Started On Tue Jun 13 23:36:02 2017
    Engine: 1.1.13804.0
    Signatures: 1.245.112.0
    Run Mode: Scan Run From Windows Update
    Results Summary:
    ----------------
    No infection found.
    Successfully Submitted Heartbeat Report
    Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool Finished On Tue Jun 13 23:37:20 2017

    Return code: 0 (0x0)
    It sends a report?
    Or does it just mean it created/updated its log?
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       13 Jun 2017 #29

    Hey Cliff, :)

    It's for telemetry.

    Microsoft Privacy Statement - Microsoft privacy

    Malicious Software Removal Tool. The Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) runs on your device at least once per month as part of Windows Update. MSRT checks devices for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software ("malware") and helps remove any infections found. When the MSRT runs, it will remove the malware listed on the Microsoft Support website if the malware is on your device. During a malware check, a report will be sent to Microsoft with specific data about malware detected, errors, and other data about your device. If you do not want MSRT to send this data to Microsoft, you can disable MSRT's reporting component.
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