Microsoft safety scanner found malware that Malwarebytes did not?  


  1. Posts : 58
    Win 10 Pro 20H2
       #1

    Microsoft safety scanner found malware that Malwarebytes did not?


    Ran Microsoft safety scanner and it found an infected file that malwarebytes premium did not. It was a windows defender preventer or something, can't find the log, where would it be?
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  2. Posts : 29,555
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    amancandance said:
    Ran Microsoft safety scanner ... can't find the log, where would it be?
    It should be here...

    Microsoft said:
    For detailed detection results, view the log at %SYSTEMROOT%\debug\msert.log.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...anner-download

    ( SYTSEMROOT is normally C:\Windows\ )
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  3. Posts : 58
    Win 10 Pro 20H2
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks. Apparently it is a false positive. VirTool:Win32/DefenderTamperingRestore

    Why is windows security tool still picking it up if Microsoft know it's not malware?
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  4. Posts : 29,555
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    amancandance said:
    Thanks. Apparently it is a false positive. VirTool:Win32/DefenderTamperingRestore
    Why is windows security tool still picking it up if Microsoft know it's not malware?

    Microsoft said:
    This detection is for suboptimal configurations that may prevent Windows Defender Antivirus from functioning properly.

    If you see this detection, a suboptimal configuration was detected, and Windows Defender Antivirus will auto-heal by automatically resetting to more secure configurations.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi...tID=2147741622

    Which in plain language appears to mean...

    ... this is a catch to reconfigure real-time detection if it has been disabled....
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...a-859f4cf6677d
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