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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,559
United States Rank #1,573
Reach 0.2410%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 32.05 days
945.36 days >
Average installed length: 496.71 days


2.2.2170 100.00%

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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.2

What is Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer?

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method to identify missing security updates and common security misconfigurations. MBSA 2.2 is a minor upgrade to correct minor issues and add optional catalog support.

About  (from Microsoft)

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method to identify missing security updates and common security misconfigurations. MBSA 2.2 is a minor upgrade to correct minor issues and add optional catalog support. To easily assess the security state of Windows machines, Microsoft offers the free Micr...  Read more


It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is mbsa.exe. The software installer includes 27 files and is usually about 1.7 MB (1,777,664 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7558
Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=16531
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\microsoft baseline security analyzer 2\help
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{08C3441C-4FAF-48D3-A551-70DD6031734F}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.7 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.2

Program executable:mbsa.exe
Name:Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
Path:C:\Program Files\microsoft baseline security analyzer 2\mbsa.exe
Additional files:
  • mbsacli.exe - Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA Command Line Interface)
  • serversecure.dll - MBSA Core Engine
  • wusscan.dll - MBSA Windows Update Scanner
  • xmldb.dll - MBSA XML Engine
  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • mbsa2mux64.exe - MBSA Microsoft Update Registration Tool
  • mbsa2mux86.exe
  • mbsa2rix64.exe - MBSA Remote Installer Engine
  • mbsa2rix86.exe
  • sqldumper.exe - Microsoft SQL Server (SQL External minidumper)
  • sqlvdi.dll - Virtual Device Interface for BACKUP/RESTORE
  • filesyncprovider2.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework (Microsoft Synchronization Framework File Sync Provider)
  • instapi10.dll - SQL Server Instance API DLL
  • metastore2.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework Metadata Store
  • microsoft.synchronization.files.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization.Files
  • microsoft.synchronization.metadatastorage.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization.MetadataStorage
  • microsoft.synchronization.simpleproviders.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization.SimpleProviders
  • msfdb.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework Metadata Storage DB
  • msfdbqp.dll
  • msfdbse.dll
  • simpleproviders2.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Provider Framework
  • sqlboot.dll - SQL Server Edition Settings DLL
  • sqlwriter.exe - SQL Server VSS Writer - 64 Bit
  • sqlwriter_keyfile.dll - SQL Server Patch KeyFile
  • sqlwvss.dll - SQL VSS Writer VSS INTERACTION DLL
  • sqlwvss_xp.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • mbsa.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B40B18B7-9A2D-46A2-A0F4-7A2A99D29962}' (runs on registration).
  • sqlwriter.exe runs as a service named 'SQL Server VSS Writer' (SQLWriter) "Provides the interface to backup/restore Microsoft SQL server through the Windows VSS infrastructure.".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • mbsa.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2\mbsa.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.11 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000251244%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001721%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000791%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:637
8,062,084 average

How do I remove Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer?

You can uninstall Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.2, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

Win 7 (SP1) 69%
Win 7 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.20%
Windows XP 11.97%
Windows Vista 10.73%
Windows 10 7.01%
Windows Server 2003 0.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 47.78%
Windows 7 Professional 13.53%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.91%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.08%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.28%
Windows 10 Home 1.83%

Distribution by countryGeography

73.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 73.48%
  Germany 12.96%
  Canada 1.82%
  France 1.53%
  United Kingdom 1.26%
  Austria 0.81%
  Australia 0.79%
  Switzerland 0.71%
  Poland 0.57%
  Belgium 0.47%
  Japan 0.46%
  Netherlands 0.38%
  Sweden 0.37%
  Italy 0.34%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 33.55%
Hewlett-Packard 28.66%
Acer 10.64%
Toshiba 5.94%
Intel 3.75%
ASUS 3.56%
American Megatrends 1.78%
Lenovo 1.25%
Sahara 1.25%
Samsung 1.02%
Medion 0.95%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.85%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.87%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.61%
Dell XPS 8300 2.71%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.17%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.08%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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