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  1. Hi All,


    I need some help on MBSA 2.0. I installed the tool on my machine, but due to some reason, even if MBSA is installed in C:\Program Files, it is not downloading the catalog files in C:\Documents and Settings\akulkarn\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\MBSA\2.0\Cache. This is happening on one of the test boxes I have, and I googled to find the solution to this problem, but no luck. I always get the error 'The catalog file is corrupt' when I perfrom MBSA scan on this test box. This box is loaded with the latest XP version, and I checked the Internet settings to verify that it is not offline (this could prevent the catalog files to be downloaded by the update agent).


    I have somehow managed to reach the conclusion that due to soem reason, the catalog files are not downloading properly when I install MBSA 2.0 on this computer. This is happening in spite of repeated uninstalls and installs.


    Could someone help me out?








    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 2.0 is an easy-to-use tool that helps small and medium businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer systems. Built on the Windows Update Agent and Microsoft Update infrastructure, MBSA ensures consistency with other Microsoft management products including Microsoft Update (MU), Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). Used by many leading third party security vendors including Tivoli, Patchlink and Citadel, MBSA on average scans over 3 million computers each week. Join the thousands of users that depend on MBSA for analyzing their security state.


    Link: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0




  2. Hi Comrades,


    I am trying to run Microsoft AntiSpyware through a script, and using comman line switches to do the operation. I am using -scan, -withui and -withresultsui switches. The scan runs fine; however, I am not able to generate any kind of 'log file' for this process.


    When you run the tool through the GUI, it provides a complete list of spyware the tool finds, and provides the options for deleting or quarantining the files on thw GUI. However, when I run the tool through the script, even if the tool detects any spyware, it just momentarily displays it in the display window and does not automatically clean it. Is there a switch that I can use which will either clean or quarantine the spyware found? Please help.


    Moreover, I have observed that Microsoft AntiSpyware detects some applications as spyware even though they are legitimate. What have been your experiences on this? Any suggestions/feedback?



  3. Hi TwistedMetal,


    I had a question on the MBSA 2.0...in the results.txt file (which is essentially a log file generated after the MBSA scan) what are the usual risk levels? I scanned a few machines and received the following output in results.txt -


    1. Potential Risk

    2. Severe Risk


    Are there any more risk types observed? (Like for e.g. Critical Risk?)


    Any feedback on this from our members is highly appreciated.



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