What is mrt.exe? 5 ways to see if it’s safe.

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.

mrt.exe Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher mrt.exe Properties

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.

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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.

App All apps 400 KB/s mrt.exe wd-prod-cp-us-west-1-fe.westus.cloudapp.azure.com 24.3 KB 65.2 KB 26 Jul 27 Jul 28 Jul 29 Jul 30 Jul 31 Jul 1 Aug 24 Hours Week Month 3 Hours 5 Minutes All Apps Traffic Graph Usage Things Firewall Alerts GlassWire mrt.exe GlassWire Control S… Host Process for Wi… 642.9 KB 386.6 KB 129.4 KB 48.4 KB 90.1 KB 21 KB 727 B 30 KB Windows Explorer 31.3 KB 6.7 KB Background Task H… Spooler SubSystem… Device Association F… 24.7 KB 48.4 KB 6.4 KB 16.3 KB 12.2 KB 30 KB Download/Upload H… System 48.4 KB 16.3 KB 12.2 KB 30 KB

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