What work-around is there to overcome an MRT.exe malfunction

January 13, 2017 at 19:00:56
Specs: Windows 10 Professional, 28MB DDR3

After the latest Windows 10 Pro Update, M.S. has thrown me a nasty curved ball.

E.g., whenever there’s a reboot, the system loads as usual, but, there is a file/program that will not allow me to go any further because down at the task bar is a flashing icon is active and prevents any attempts to login.

Pressing any of the icons or doing anything to enter the program is met with this awesome program that will not allow any access to the programs. You’re completely locked out!

Therefore, to get into any program, one must press Alt+Ctrl +Del to progress further.
Running Msconfig was not helpful either because it is not listed in any of those running (Start Up) programs.

Going to the source of this program at the following address was no help either:
C:\Windows\System32\MRT.exe lists this 5.3 MB file and the only information I was able to get was a “Consent UI for Administrative Applications.”
Other feedback listed this malfunctioning aspect as “Incorrect Function.”

This worrisome aspect developed a few days after the latest updates.

What say you about getting a handle on this hiccuping feature of Windows 10 Pro?
Best Regards,
Wms. Fleming

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January 13, 2017 at 19:37:00
That's "Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool". It was included in MS updates around 10 Jan 2017. Try uninstalling it (from your Windows Updates - in Settings) then restarting. It might work out better next time it tries installing it without the other updates..

You go to Update History then Uninstall Updates. Look for KB890830.

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January 13, 2017 at 21:09:46
Hello Derek:

Thanks for this very important tip, for I had not a clue in overcoming this solution.
I must admit that I have a long way to go before I can say that I have this os locked up.

No way! There are many issues in dealing with this monster os and it surely will take some time to reach the comfort zone.

Again, thanks for your splendid support.

Wm. Fleming

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January 14, 2017 at 05:19:44
Glad to help. Better add that MRT.exe itself is not new. It is updated every month (rather like an anti-virus data base), so it seems it was just the Jan 2017 MRT update that backfired on your machine. Good luck.

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