Computer Newbies forum

Resolved Question

Cannot find a downloaded program...

by Needssomehelp / April 9, 2013 11:06 AM PDT

Yesterday I downloaded Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Program. I searched Drive C for downloaded programs but did not see either the program name or date downloaded... ?????

I have Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8.

Can anyone help??

Needssomehelp has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Cannot find a downloaded program...
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Cannot find a downloaded program...
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Clarification Request
do you have ...
by Edward ODaniel / April 9, 2013 3:57 PM PDT

mrt.exe located in your %windir%\system32 directory? That is the executable for the Malicious Software Removal tool and its date will show how current it is.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by Needssomehelp

Collapse -
Did You "Run" or "Save" It?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 9, 2013 12:54 PM PDT

The Malicious software removal tool has a couple of options when you attempt to download it.. If you selected to "Run" the program when you saw the download box, then it will automatically run and scan your computer without actually downloading a program file to your computer.. It does it somwhat behind the scenes, exactly as if you had used it from the Windows Updates site..

On the other hand, if you selected to "Save" the file to your computer, it will have been saved as either of the files below, depending on whether you have a 32 bit or 64 bit version of Win8. You should be able to search for the file name using the info below.:

Windows-KB890830-V4.18.exe (Yesterday's 32 bit version)
Windows-KB890830-V4.19.exe (Today's 32 bit version)

Windows-KB890830-x64-V4.18.exe (Yesterday's version)
Windows-KB890830-x64-V4.19.exe (Today's version)

Hope this helps.


Collapse -
I ran the program
by Needssomehelp / April 9, 2013 2:28 PM PDT

Grif, I ran the program. I also ran the full scan, and ASSUMED the program would be saved! So I will have to download again and save as you suggested. There is nothing in my download folders.

Just when I finally think I'm learning Windows 8 it throws me for a loop again. I still can't find simple things like recent files opened!

Thanks for your help AGAIN.

Collapse -
You can always go to the MS web site
by wpgwpg / April 9, 2013 11:09 AM PDT

If you go to the Microsoft web site, you can always download it again. However look first in your Downloads folder and see if it's there.

Good luck

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

Smart Home Help

Light bulbs you shouldn't buy

There are plenty of dimmable LED light bulbs, but make sure you don't buy the ones that flicker when you dial them down.