Speakeasy forum

General discussion

Windows question

by David Evans / May 18, 2005 7:06 AM PDT

I'm running XP Home at work. A few days ago I downloaded the latest Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool. A search showed it was at
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\Install\Windows-KB890830-V1.4-ENU.exe, so I made a shortcut to that exe file and put it on the desktop.

I ran the program a few times, then yesterday the shortcut no longer worked. I looked at the directories in that path and the ''install'' directory was missing, but I didn't delete it. So I'm wondering if Windows deleted it on its own, or if something has gone awry.

I downloaded the program again to a folder on the desktop and run it from there, but still I wonder why that ''install'' folder disappeared.


Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Windows question
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: Windows question
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 -
Hi DavE,
by Cindi Haynes / May 18, 2005 7:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows question

If you download and install from the Windows Update function, the tool runs once and then deletes itself. I don't know how it works if installed by another method.

Does that help any?

Speakeasy Moderator
click here to email the mods

Collapse -
First time I did download from Windows Update
by David Evans / May 18, 2005 7:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi DavE,

But I thought that the tool was supposed to run once a week or so by itself. To do that it couldn't delete itself after one run. But your explanation sounds more like what happened than anything I can think of.


Collapse -
(NT) (NT) Maybe it thought Windows was a virus.
by Jerry562 / May 18, 2005 7:58 AM PDT
Collapse -
For some strange reason...
by David Evans / May 18, 2005 8:01 AM PDT

that reminded me of that scene in "Blazing Saddles" where the black guy points his own gun to his head and says something like "ok, do as I say or I'll shoot the ******!" lol (I censored that one myself)


Collapse -
If you have Windows update turned on, it will download
by Kiddpeat / May 18, 2005 8:08 AM PDT

every week. You get the latest version, and there is less chance that a nasty will disable it.

Collapse -
same here my understanding it runs
by Mark5019 / May 18, 2005 11:17 AM PDT

once if clean it poofs

Collapse -
If you want to keep it in a folder
by Steven Haninger / May 18, 2005 8:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows question

You can download it from here but I am thinking MS may update this from time to time. Download the file to a temporary directory or one of your choosing/making and you can run it as a freestanding utility.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!