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Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit | Security Baseline | Challenge Question

Q: Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit | Security Baseline | Challenge Question

I have applied Microsoft security baseline to Windows 10 IoT.

Can anyone please provide a workaround or a solution to revert back the system to previous/original state?
(Any way which can basically revert the system + group policy + registry settings back to the way it was before applying security baselines)

PS: Microsoft compliance toolkit itself does not have this option which is why I have mention even a workaround would help if you know any.

Note: Just reversing GPO will not help. We will need to revert GPO + registry + (potential changes introduced by baseline).

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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

I usually run this when buying used equipment ive run it twice this week first time it did its job , but this time its not downloading its updates .

Just a black download bar for last 20 mins .

any idea before i unload it , lenovo - thinkpad t420 it does have loads of preinstalled nonsense software on in .

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I downloaded and installed this tool. When I try to scan get: Computer not found.

A:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

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Ok well i follow the instructions and it then says
"MSHOME\J ( The Server service is required and is not running."

I dont understand really what this means someone please point me in the right direction so i can get this to work!!!

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Hello I've ran the Microsoft baseline security analyzer and it tells me the following:

Incomplete Updates
A previous software update installation was not completed. You must restart your computer to finish the installation. If the incomplete installation was a security update, then the computer may be at risk until the computer is restarted.

I've restarted my computer several times and my computer says everything is up to date and completed?

A:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

This might help you : Previous Update Not Completed

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I recently installed the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. When running the scan, I keep getting back that it could not perform any security update scans because the registry could not be accessed. I have configured my Norton Firewall to permit all for this program, but still get the same scan message. Anyone know how to get this program to scan for security updates? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer Help

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I recently learned about the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and it seems like a neat tool. It's mentioned in the Security Help Tools thread here as well.

Has anyone used this tool? If so, what are your thoughts on it? I've run it only once and it seems like it can be useful.

Your thoughts?


A:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer: have you used it?

I've used it on and off. It can identify patches that you have missed, for some reason, when using Windows Update.

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In response to direct customer need for a streamlined method of identifying common security misconfigurations, Microsoft has developed the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA). Version 2.0.1 of MBSA includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Windows systems. MBSA runs on Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP systems and will scan for common security misconfigurations in the following products: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0, and 6.0, SQL Server 7.0 and 2000, Internet Explorer (IE) 5.01 and later, and Office 2000, 2002 and 2003. MBSA also scans for missing security updates, update rollups and service packs published to Microsoft Update.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP



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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 2.0 is an easy-to-use tool that helps small and medium businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer systems.

Built on the Windows Update Agent and Microsoft Update infrastructure, MBSA ensures consistency with other Microsoft management products including Microsoft Update (MU), Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM).

Great application!

A:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.1.1

It's useless to have, and it'll throw up an error message and not work properly in some computers.


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As I am an avid reader and suscribe to the ideals portrayed here at this professional and "excellent site. I need to ask this question as NOT to violate the principles set forth in this sites philosophy which I am currently enjoying its benefits(speed, security ect.). Always wanting to bolster my security and protections, I am hesitant to add any "un-useful" or "un-warranted" crap!!!!!

1- Does it actually accomplish a useful purpose. I want to avoid unnecessary "clutter" at the expense of speed reduction ect..

2- Does it "tend" to conflict with anything......

3- It claims to "automatically" install updates...Without prompting???? I have, so far, avoided installing IE7 until perhaps a future date. If I run MBSA, does it provide an option to install any or all updates or will it do it blindly.......

Running WinXP-Home SP2

A:Mbsa- Microsoft Baseline Security Analysis

MSBA was designed for small businesses to use to audit the security state of their computers as well as administrative vulnerabilities (not applicable to most home computers) and is primarily a reporting tool. While it will scan computers for missing security updates, it can be configured to present missing ones for installation.http://www.microsoft.com/technet/Security/...s/mbsa2/qa.mspxIn my view this is certainly overkill for most home computers, even networked. It is easy enough to use Windows update to check for missing patch installation.Regards,John

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Have just reinstalled my comp and did the usual Windows update business to install missing hotfixes, drivers....etc.

For some reason I decided to give Microsoftt Baseline Security Analyser a go...and wish I hadn't bothered. It discovered 6 missing hotfixes and some other misc stuff. Problem is, everything it found was actually there. I looked at Windows Update Installation history and they were there. Just to be sure though, I uninstalled them, and downloaded the individual files (they were def the correct ones) and reinstalled them. Windows update recognises that they are there...but MBSA stil insists they are missing or out of date.

Anyone come across this at all ? I'm happy that the hotfixes are installed, but am just wondering what MBSA is playing at.

kind regards...mel

A:Microsoft Baseline Security Pile O' Crap

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When downloading MBSA from Microsoft's site I get "This setup cannot be installed on a x64 system: try installing a setup that supports x64 bit systems.)

I cannot find such a setup. A really helpful message!

So, how can I download MBSA for my x64 bit W7 machine?


A:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) for 64 bit W7

Did you download the 32bit version by mistake? What's the file name? It should be:





Here's an alternate download link from Softpedia:

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer Download - Softpedia

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It says, Done downloading security update information then stops.

A:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer not working in vista

Hi mc1548,

Does it stop completely? Chances are that you think that it has stopped whereas in reality it is still running. You need to give the program chance to execute. I have just run it on my system and there is a considerable pause at this point, but then it continues without any problems.

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I got error while running MBSA report in server2012R2.

ERROR CODE IS :(0X80070002) Security update.

I tried windows update related services restarting and rename s/w distribution folder.
kindly suggest on this.

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Does Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 2.3 support Windows Server 2016 OS? if not do we have alternative?

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Hello, I hope I am posting in the correct forum. I am working on a system running XP SP3 (my sisters). This is a fresh system recovery on a Dell Dimension E510.
I am trying to use the latest version of MBSA 2.2. I like to use MBSA in order to be sure that I am thorough in my update and restoration of my sisters computer. I have already tried to use the earlier version of MBSA with the same exact result. For
general information:
I have installed, uninstalled, re-installed, uninstalled and upgraded to the latest version (2.2)
I have applied all patches/updates to the system.
I have Dot Net Framework version 3.5 installed.
I have a recent copy of VBSCRIPT.dll (the actual version is 5.8.6001.23000).
I am running with the latest MSXML files (including versions 2, 4 and 6). 
And I have tried everything (as far as I could understand) that I have found as to possible solutions and nothing has worked.
Here is what happens I try to use MBSA:
The program installs just fine and the local scan appears to run.
The problem happens when the MBSA report tries to open. I get the following error no matter how I proceed.

"Internet Explorer Script Error
An error has occurred in the script on this page.
Line: 156
Char: 11
Error: Object Required
Code: 0
Do you want to continue to run scripts on this page?
Yes     No"
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A:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.2 - IE script error, can't view reports

Have you tried to check "Disable script debugging (Internet Explorer)" in the advanced "Internet options" ? That way, the page won't be debugged, and will be displayed "as is" (if at all possible). Not a real solution, but it might provide you with the
necessary information.

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I have a Windows 7 pro laptop. I want to know if I can install MBSA on my PC and use it to analyze the very same PC that MBSA is installed on. I don't have more than on PC. MBSA seems to be rather complicated and I think it will take some time for an unexperienced
user like me to configure. But if it is possible to use MBSA on one single PC I would like to try...

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I'm having WinXP Home and i'm getting following error messages while installing MBSA v1.2:
Module C:\Program Files\Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer\serversecure.dll failed to register. HRESULT -21472211674. Contact your support personnel.

When I ignore I get the message:

Module C:\Program Files\Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer\xmldb.dll failed to register. HRESULT -2147221164. Contact your support personnel.

When I ignore this also then the setup succesfully succeeds but the application does not run on double-clicking on its desktop icon and I further get this message:

A Runtime Error has occurred.
Do you wish to Debug?

Line: 48
Error: Object doesn't support this property or method
Yes No

On clicking NO I get this message:

A Runtime Error has occurred.
Do you wish to Debug?

Line: 16
Error: Object doesn't support this property or method
Yes No
Again clicking on NO I get the screen where I select the option "Scan My Computer" and I again get the message:

A Runtime Error has occurred.
Do you wish to Debug?

Line: 42
Error: Object doesn't support this property or method
Yes No

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A:[Solved] Unable to install Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer(MBSA) v1.2

I have been able to solve this problem by downloading and installing the latest Windows Script available at the Microsoft.com website by virtue of which the other IE script errors are also removed.

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Hello Friends,
I am trying to gather report with MBSA for Windows update from WSUS server, and getting this error.
 Windows Update Client failed to detect with error 0x80072efe.
Please help to resolve.


Amit Kumar

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What is a good PCI compliance security analyser primarily for Win 7 but also for later versions?

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Hi all - I'm having an error throughout many of the security and compliance pages in my instance - not getting too much help as yet so thought I'd post here. The errors I'm seeing are as follows:


The requested search root 'APCPR06A002.prod.outlook.com/ConfigurationUnits/XXXXXXXXXXXXXX.onmicrosoft.com/Configuration/Transport Settings/Rules/SafeAttachmentVersioned' is not within the scope
of this operation. Cannot perform searches outside the scope 'apcprd06.prod.outlook.com/Configuration/Services/Microsoft Exchange/ExchangeLabs'.

The requested search root 'APCPR06A002.prod.outlook.com/ConfigurationUnits/XXXXXXXXXXXX.onmicrosoft.com/Configuration/Transport Settings/Rules/AntiPhishVersioned' is not within the scope of this operation. Cannot
perform searches outside the scope 'apcprd06.prod.outlook.com/Configuration/Services/Microsoft Exchange/ExchangeLabs'.

The requested search root 'APCPR06A002.prod.outlook.com/ConfigurationUnits/XXXXXXXXX.onmicrosoft.com/Configuration/Transport Settings/Rules/SafeLinksVersioned'
is not within the scope of this operation. Cannot perform searches outside the scope 'apcprd06.prod.outlook.com/Configuration/Services/Microsoft Exchange/ExchangeLabs'.

Any thoughts?

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Have Vista home premium 64 bit
Downloaded v. 2.2 Baseline Security
Completely different from earlier version
Now it says to enter name - But there is not a field to enter name.
OR enter ISP - tried that and the program still does not work.
How to go back to earlier version?
Or fix this one?

A:Baseline Security v. 2.2 where name etc?

If you want the earlier version, just do a system restore from before the upgrade.
System Restore - How to

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I just did a scan using "MS Baseline Security Analyzer" one of the results had a Red Flag: File System: Results-Not all hard drives are using the NTFS file system (G: drive FAT 32) (C: drive NTFS) (N: drive NTFS) . The G: drive is an external 250gb WD drive, C: drive is an 40gb internal drive, N: drive is an 250gb internal drive. So what does this mean, and is there anything I should do?

A:MS Baseline Security Analyzer

As long as you are using the portable drive witout any problems, you'll be finehttp://www.theeldergeek.com/ntfs_or_fat32_file_system.htmhttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s..._october01.mspx

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     My question is with regards to the Windows 10 Security Baseline and comes after going through the items listed in the references section at the end of the this.
     Within the Baseline, there is a setting for 'NoNameReleaseOnDemand' (default is enabled within the attached baseline GPO). I have checked a few machines and noticed that this key does not exist (nor does the corresponding computer
policy).  In the absence of setting the relevant registry key manually or applying the attached baseline GPO, does the default Windows 10 install utilize the behavior that the registry key/baseline makes available/enables OR is it necessary to create
the registry key/apply the baseline in order to get the OS to utilize the behavior (enabled or disabled).

    Put another way, in a default OS install without the key and without this baseline being applied, will the OS:

1) Potentially respond to a name-conflict / name-release request by relinquishing its' name, which is why it is necessary to set the registry key/apply this baseline for a more secure system


2) Not relinquish its' name because there is some other mechanism within the default OS that will prevent this in the same way that creating/setting the key/applying the baseline will. If this is the case, is there a reference or some documentation that would
indicate this?

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/secguide/2015/1... Read more

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I tried to download "MS Baseline Security Analyzer" a error box came up (This installation package is not supported by this processor type. Contact your product vendor.
I have a Dell Dimention 2400, Intel Pentium 4 processor, Intel 845GV system chip set, PCI: 33 MHz bus and 512 mb 333 MHz memory.
What is the problem?
Uncle Marine

A:MS Baseline Security Analyzer

Check under system requirements in the FAQ'shttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/securit...4922.aspx#EWBAC

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I use XP Pro and have used BSA successfully in the past. But since my XP SR2 upgrade, I don't believe BSA has worked since. It seems to install successfully but when I click on the shortcut and launch the program, I see the first thing I have to do is type in my IP address. Then I click scan and nothing happens. I have tried removing BSA and redownloading and installing again and again. Nothing! Then I noticed the sentence in the middle of the window which says: "This version of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer has expired. Please upgrade to the released version." Why is this message displayed when I have just installed the latest version of BSA?

Thanks, Ken.

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Hi all,

I'm new to the forums, and very glad to have found this group.

I'm in the process of resolving some malware issues on a few systems. This machine is running XP Pro, SP2, and I believe it's clean.

I've installed HiJackThis and done a scan:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:12:48 AM, on 10/25/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost 2003\GhostStartService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost 2003\GhostStartTrayApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\System Tools\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = wmplayer.exe //ICWLaunch
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Related Page - {9A9C9B69-F908-4AAB-8D0C-10EA8997F37E} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\WinNB58.dll
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A:Want to create a security baseline...

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I am running win xp home edition.
Has anyone used this utility yet? It's in the microsoft download section. According to a blurb in a recent computer magazine this program is supposed to anaylize all the hotfixes on your system and advise you what fixes didn't take and what fixes you missed, etc. I was going to download it, but being a nervous nelly when it comes to changing my computer, I stopped when it said for IT users and then a warning that some files can harm my system. I would like to try it but I guess I need some assurance from users of this program. Kindly help if you can. Many Thanks.

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Has anyone used this utility yet? It's in the microsoft download section. According to a blurb in a recent computer magazine this program is supposed to anaylize all the hotfixes on your system and advise you what fixes didn't take and what fixes you missed, etc. I was going to download it, but being a nervous nelly when it comes to changing my computer, I stopped when it said for IT users and then a warning that some files can harm my system. I would like to try it but I guess I need some assurance from users of this program. Kindly help if you can. Many Thanks.

A:MS Baseline Security Analyzer

Hi I just had a look at this but it seems its only for Windows 2000 or XP,I was going to be your guinea~pig till I saw that lol,sorry .....

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"Secunia states on its IE 8 page that Microsoft has addressed only two of the four vulnerabilities found to date in the new browser. The service's report of a URL path-spoofing vulnerability was posted on Aug. 19. A "Charset Inheritance Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability" in IE 8 remains unpatched more than two years after the problem was first discovered, according to Secunia's report. (The vulnerability also affects IE 7.)

To be sure, Firefox and other browsers periodically suffer from flaws such as IE's. But until Microsoft learns to close its browser's holes within days, as Mozilla and other browser developers do, using Firefox or another alternative to IE is still your best bet."

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The CIS benchmark for 2000/NT was released 7-17-02.

I couldn't find it posted here, so I thought many of you might like to know it is available. Benchmarks for XP, 98, ME, etc. will be out shortly, probably before 9-17-02. The Govt is "required" to use the Gold Standard version; business and home users are "urged" to use at least the minimum version.

Have any of you used them? What do you think about the results? I'm waiting for the XP series, so I can't comment.

CIS (Center for Intenet Security) :
Win 2000/NT "Workstation Benchmark - Consensus Baseline" - http://www.cisecurity.org/

I've used the MBSA and found one MS patch had to be updated to a new revised one; a couple of services needed to be closed; my Internet Options settings exceeded specs.

MBSA - Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, for Win XP/2000.

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Today I tried to download "MS Baseline Security Analyzer" I got this error box, (This installation package is not supported by this processor type. Contact your product vendor).
I have a Dell Dimention 2400, Intel Pentium 4 processor, Intel 845GV chip set, PCI:33 bus and 512 mb 333 MHz memory.
What's my problem ?.

A:Solved: MS Download (Baseline Security Analyzer)

You have to make sure you get the right one, I would look for the one that says MBSASetup-x86-EN.msi
It is in the downloads at the bottom of this page:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...889E-ECF997EB18E9&displaylang=en#Requirements

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Hello Everyone

Im new to this forum, so be gentle

Anyway, recently ran MSBSA and came up with some results i didn't quite understand. Everything it check was ok, except for MSXML Security Updates (which had a yellow X in the score colume) & Windows Security Updates (which had a blue asterisk)

It said that MSXML 3.0 needed updateing to SP4, but what is msxml ? & Windows Security Updates needed the following updates: MS03-008 (814078) , MS03-030 (819696) , MS03-051 (813360) , MS04-016 (839643) However when i go to the Windows Update site and scan for any updates my machine may need, it says i don't need any updates. Whats going one ?


A:MS Baseline Security Analyzer, scan results.

MSBSA detects files which may be outdated, despite the patch setup. In this case, you need to rerun the installers mentioned in the bulletins above. The patches may have been installed once, but MS's other patches sometimes overwrite files, etc. The MS KB number is usually the one in the parenthesees.. You can generally find those on the web in the format of:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=####### (replace the number signs)

As far as MS XML goes, that is a product which provides extendible applications for stuff like OMA, mobile exchange access, web browsers, etc. It provides front page extensions, OWA/Sharepoint services, quite a few things now that I think about it, but I really don't use them much.


Contains XML 3.0 SP4. I'd suggest moving to XML 4.0 SP2 if your OS will support it, it's my understanding it has a few fundamental security changes which are improvements over the 3.0 schema.

Hope this helps. And Welcome to Techspot!

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When I ran the security analyser, it detected several issues, but when I click eg "Result Details", it just freezes up.
I've tried un/reloading it. Win7 Home Premium.

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On a friend's 64-bit Windows 7 machine, Microsoft Security Essentials detected a supposedly infected file in the IE cache. The file is currently quarantined because I want to eventually restore it so I can look at it.

The file is a HTML file that was detected as having "VirTools:JS/Obfuscator.gen!A". MSE is fully patched and updated with the latest definitions. This is the ONLY detection in the MSE history.

IE8 is installed on the system but Google Chrome is the default and primarily used browser. Someone else HAS used the machine and apparently used IE to browse some sites.

Now, the reason I started this thread is to ask two questions:

1) If SUPERAntiSpyware (4.32.1002 with latest updates) and Malwarebytes (1.45 with latest updates) didn't detect anything, is this possibly a false positive detection by MSE?

2) Is it possible to restore the infected file to a different location? I'm having some problems accessing it where it was originally found so I would like to restore the quarantined file to a different location so I can see what's up with it.



A:Question about Microsoft Security Essentials

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I'm running Windows XP, and using Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)..

I know some number of anti-viruses catch stuff as it comes into your computer, and arrest it right then.

My MSE does not do this. What it does do is come up with some trojans, malware, etc, once you run a scan, and it will delete them.

However, it allows them to be on my computer each day or so. Is this normal for MSE????

I think I'd maybe be better off going back with AVG. AVG tell you when something comes in, and gives you a big warning.

If this is normal for MSE, it's a serious flaw.

A:microsoft security essentials question

MSE normally catches any malware when it is being downloaded etc
BUT if it is new malware that it didn't previously know about then it will only detect it after a scan when it has been updated
What browser are you using, because MSE isn't always efficient when surfing in FF or Chrome

where goes MSE find these Trojans & viruses etc

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Lenovo T520 Laptop, Windows 7.

Just started getting a pop-up box saying: "Security Essentials isn't monitoring your computer because the program's service stopped."

When I go to the Microsoft site and try to download it, another box comes up: 'The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable."

Any help appreciated.

A:Microsoft Security Essentials question:

This may help.

Let me know how it goes;

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Hello everyone,

I am trying to Enable/Install Microsoft Security Essentials and running into a catch 22. The advice from the MS Forums was to completely uninstall and re-install the software. I have followed instructions on how to do a complete removal before attempting a new install with no luck. Removing registry keys and various installer components ect.

I ran the Security Check Software and it says I have MSE installed but disabled. When I turn on my computer the red security alert pops up and tells me MSE is turned off and recommends turning on ect.

Just thought I'd check on here to see if anyone else has had a similiar issue. Any thoughts on if it is actually installed and I just need to turn it on, if so how? When attempting to install I get error code 0x80070645. This seems to be a very broad error code meaning a number of things (to me atleast).

Any advice or software you think I should run I am open to suggestions.

Thank you.

A. Waysender

A:Microsoft Security Essentials question

Have you tried the directions here?

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i've been using nothing but microsoft security essentials since building my computer in 2010. i have'nt had any virus issues at all, that i know of.  i was talking to the IT guy at work about a hard drive problem i've been having (bad sectors/ corrupt files) and in the conversation he told me microsoft security was'nt really a anti-virus program and that i should run AVG or something . that being said i have had problems with down loading anything . when i try to down load a program or even updates i get a window that states that the program contained a virus and was deleted. it does direct you to another site which is microsoft and the latest explorer version download, which will not down load either. i had chalked this up to the drive being bad. does this make sense. any and all advice will be most appreciated.
(my computer is a home build, 2010. asus mother board, amd cpu, windows 7)

A:question about microsoft security essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is an anti-malware. I have found it to be as effective as AVG over time without having to use a toolbar, additional firewall, and all of the other paraphernalia bundled in AVG. The security within Windows 7 is good. What experience has shown me in many instances, is that folks do not avail themselves to the built in protections within the system.
I do not work here, but there are a number of BC tutorials that help deal with viruses and with other issues.
I assume that you periodically use the Error-checking, Disk Cleanup and Scannow SFC may provide some relief for your hard disk issues.  

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So, today I've been working on salvaging a system infected with this and that, mostly adware. Most of that is gone now but I noticed something interesting.

I removed the old, and expired, anti-virus applications and installed Microsoft Security Essentials on the system. Between that and Malwarebytes (and a couple of tricks up my sleeve ), I've been able to remove everything. However, this is where things get interesting. While scanning the other accounts on the system (three in total), I noticed MSE was reporting each account as scanning "clean" yet Malwarebytes continued to detect registry entries. Now, I know MSE and Malwarebytes will scan for different things, but that's not what I'm talking about.

I'm talking about things you would THINK MSE *would* care about. Here are some of the registry entries Malwarebytes detected and removed AFTER MSE reported the system as being clean:


Now, I also understand I'm talking about registry keys and values and NOT actual files in the file system or running processes. My question: why would MSE not either identify the registry keys or values Malwarebytes did, even for trojans such as Vundo or Zlob?

I still have the complete Malwarebytes log.

Any ideas?


A:Question about Microsoft Security Essentials

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I am confused which is easily done when it comes to techy type stuff.

Please can someone tell me if I have to update MSE using the optional updates offered in Window Updates each time or does MSE do it itself so I can ignore them please?

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If left to its own devices, when does MSE update? I started using MSE recently, and so far, I find myself updating manually. I've installed MSE on a laptop, too, and after 2 days, I updated manually. I didn't find a setting for updating. Did I miss something? And I have Windows Update set to update automatically. Thanks.

A:Microsoft Security Essentials update question

Hello Arthur,

MSE updates are handled through Windows Update, so it should check for updates for when you have Windows Update set to.

Hope this helps,

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Ok, heres the problem...I have a laptop I received from a friend that wont boot into XP Pro. No matter what I do it BSOD, you name it does it...Safe Mode, Recovery Consule, etc...Im 90% sure it has a virus (he used kazaa alot with no protection) The BSOD error is Stop: 0x0000007B. The file system is NTFS and im having troubles getting into DOS to try a few commands. I am wondering if there is any way to salvage this comp without wiping the drive clean and reformatting? If there is no way to fix this, is there a way to recover the CD Key at all? (dummy lost it). Thanks for the help

A:I challenge you, security guru's!

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Hi and thanks in advance for any assistance reply,I'm running Windows 7 Home basic SP 1 64bit os. Just a while ago I open www.mahagenco.in and a zip file containing total_run_mahagenco.exe 612kb and click_me_installer_mahagenco.exe 616kb automatically downloaded When I run it, nothing happened and it suddenly disappeared from my desktop. After assuming it was a virus, I run Windows Security Essentials and began a quick scan. Just in the middle of the scan, Windows security essentials shuted down, and the flag of messages in my task bar appeared, saying that Windows Security Center was turned off. I tried to turn it on, but a message saying "The Windows Security Center service can't be started" appeared. I restarted my computer but everything was the same, no MSE and no Windows Defender.I also open service.msc and restarted security centre but it was disabled after sometime.Also in internet explorer9 and google chrome i was automatically redirected to another sites.Then i run combofix whose log report is as follows - ComboFix 13-01-05.01 - PRANALI t 05-01-13 23:44:24.3.4 - x64Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic SP1 [GMT 5.5:30]Running from: c:\users\PRANALI\Downloads\Programs\ComboFix.exeAV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Outdated* {B140BF4E-23BB-4198-90AB-A51A4C60A69C}SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Outdated* {0A215EAA-0581-4E16-AA1B-9E6837E7EC21}SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132... Read more

A:Virus/malware disabled Windows Security Center and microsoft security essential

Greetings and Welcome to The Forums!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your malware problems.I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.NOTE: At the top o... Read more

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Problems:While googling it redirects me to sites - "http://directagain.net/in.php?source=7777&q=&suid=1101&rnd=3xz%2B1mgzFz9AZ7RtJ0%2Bx2w%3D%3D"and"http://www.ihavenet.com/?search=&n=1355828587"(there are some more redirections, but at the moment these are the most frequent)After copying "http://www.ihavenet.com/" from address bar or search bar it pastes "google.com" (I'm using Firefox atm).Bigger problems:Microsoft Security Essentials starts only for the moment on the boot-up and after that is gone.I can't turn on Windows Security Center Service.I tried:Starting WSCS from services.msc and setting it to "Automatic (Delayed)" and after restarting PC..same.Reinstalling MSE didn't work.I used CCleaner. And please tell me is cleanpcguide.com valid site?Did the scan with AdwCleaner and deleted all the threats.Did the scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and deleted all the threats.Did the scan with TDSSKiller and deleted all the threats.I've made "Windows Defender Offline" Bootable USB and did the scan. It only found keygen that I've never used. Deleted it.I did a little "house cleaning" (nice, yeah) but the problem is still there!If someone have an idea what's the problem, please help. Thanks in advance.Sorry for this big post, and I appreciate for you time.

A:Can't turn on Windows Security Center Service, Microsoft Security Essentials is also off

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Rogue security product claims to be Microsoft Security Essentials.

F-secure reports:
This malware is distributed via drive-by-download attacks as hotfix.exe or mstsc.exe (md5: 0a2582f71b1aab672ada496074f9ce46).Click to expand...

-- Tom

A:Rogue security product claims to be Microsoft Security Essentials - Oct 22, 2010

Thanks for sharing.

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