What is mrt.exe?
You might think that mrt.exe is related to the popular character on the 80’s TV show called The A-Team, but that’s actually not the case. However, you’ll want to pity the fool who tries to run malware on your PC if you’re running mrt.exe. mrt.exe is the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. This handy app made by Microsoft will check your PC for malware, then remove it. The app is freely distributed and built into most Windows versions. To launch it, type mrt in the Windows search bar. Once you launch the app you can check your PC for malicious software.
Publisher: Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher
mrt.exe stands for Malicious Software Removal Tool.
What does mrt.exe do?
Checks your PC for malicious software, then removes it.
Is mrt.exe safe? 5 easy ways to see if mrt.exe is safe or malware.
- 1. See who signed the mrt.exe (check the publisher)
- 2. Scan mrt.exe with Windows Security.
- 3. Check the network activity of mrt.exe.
- 4. Analyze mrt.exe with VirusTotal.
- 5. Run it in Windows Sandbox.
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Why does mrt.exe access the network?
While investigating igfxem.exe with the GlassWire network security monitor on our devices based in Austin, TX USA we found it connects to servers controlled by Microsoft at wd-prod-cp-us-west-1-fe.westus.cloudapp.azure.com. We think the app connects there for telemetry, software updates, and antivirus updates. We believe it’s safe for mrt.exe to access the network.
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