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?
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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.