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What is it?
Machine Debug Manager - mdm.exe

What does it do?
mdm.exe - Below is a direct quote from Microsoft found on THIS page:

The Machine Debug Manager, Mdm.exe, is a program that is installed with the Microsoft Script Editor to provide support for program debugging. The Microsoft Script Editor is included with Microsoft Office 2000, and also can be obtained from the Microsoft Windows Update Web site.

The Machine Debug Manager runs as a service and is loaded when your computer starts. If you do not use your computer for debugging purposes, you can safely turn off the Machine Debug Manager.

This is the user shell, which we see as the familiar taskbar, desktop, and so on. This process isn't as vital to the running of Windows as you might expect, and can be stopped (and restarted) from Task Manager, usually with no negative side effects on the system.

Unless you're a code monkey doing some debugging turn this sucker off!

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Virus Precaution:
The original file from Microsoft gets placed at C:WINDOWSSystem32mdm.exe . if you find it anywhere else then you should be suspicious for sure.

You'll want to keep an eye on this google search for any known viruses. At this time I have not found ANY viruses that run themselves using this filename. All of the results currently affect this file in some way, but do not actually run as this filename.


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mdm.exe is a Windows System File and should be in a system directory. If it is then this application is safe.

Startup DB Entries:
[load]"Added by the BINGHE TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Machine Debug Manager (mdm.exe) process which is located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug (98/Me/XP/Vista) or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM (Me only)" b
[Machine Debug Manager]"Used by developers for debugging and is a component of several MS products including Office and Visual Studio. Those who have encountered it have unchecked it with no degradation in performance. It may cause your computer to ""hang"" if you have Visual Studio installed and this disabled because it appears to take over error handling - hence the U recommendation. For this entry it loads under the ""RunServices"" key in Me (located in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM). It also loads a service in XP/Vista (located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug)" u
[MDM7]"Used by developers for debugging and is a component of several MS products including Office and Visual Studio. Those who have encountered it have unchecked it with no degradation in performance. It may cause your computer to ""hang"" if you have Visual Studio installed and this disabled because it appears to take over error handling - hence the U recommendation. For this entry it loads under the ""RunServices"" key in 98/Me. It also loads as a service in XP/Vista. In both cases it's located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug" u
[Microsoft Visual Debuger]"Added by the SDBOT-DOO WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Machine Debug Manager (mdm.exe) process which is located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug (98/Me/XP/Vista) or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM (Me only)" b
[Windows Networking Monitor]"Added by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! Note - this is not the legitimate Machine Debug Manager (mdm.exe) process which is located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug (98/Me/XP/Vista) or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM (Me only)" b
[Windows Networking Monitoring]"Added by the IRCBOT.AKZ WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Machine Debug Manager (mdm.exe) process which is located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug (98/Me/XP/Vista) or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM (Me only)" b

Service DB Entries:
Machine Debug Manager (MDM) Visual studio debuger if you install vs2003 mdm.exe is found in c:/program files/common files/micros

Disclaimer

Every attempt has been made to ensure the information about mdm.exe is accurate but alot of malware applications try to pose as valid applications. If it is something other than what was posted above please leave some feedback in the forum.
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User Comments
STEVEIn Windows XP Pro SP2 MDM.EXE is not in \windows\system32. It is rather in \Program Files\common files\Microsoft shared\VS7Debug
PhilSteve, I just found the file in the exact same folder. Have you found any other info pertaining to this file being in this folder?
ROBERTOEven in Windows XP Home SP2 you can find the MDM.EXE file in \Program Files\common files\Microsoft shared\VS7Debug
BobSmall clarification. Turning off the debugger does not stop mdm.exe from loading - it only stops the debugger service. I doubt one would get much startup improvement by stopping this service - but I stopped it anyway.
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