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ONE particular Registry item understood as a false threat?


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#1 cafejose

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 03:43 AM

Does Windows have a single particular registry item which AdwCleaner and Emsisoft Emergency Kit will find as a threat which is actually an item which all Windows has; and that removal or quarantine is not necessary?  Can someone tell me what this is, so we or I would know to make the scanners NOT do anything to it upon "cleaning"?



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Posted 28 June 2017 - 05:41 AM

All security scanning software are susceptible to glitches, bugs, database issues and false positive detection's from time to time which may remove critical system files. Such mishaps have been reported for years to include major anti-virus/security vendors such as Panda, avast, AVG, BitDefender, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee and Symantec. In most cases when these issues occur, the anti-virus vendors and security tool developers take quick action to correct the problem and provide support to those users who have been affected.
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Posted 28 June 2017 - 08:44 AM

Hi, cafejose!
 
AFAIK, neither AdwCleaner nor Emsisoft Emergency Kit remove any threats automatically, as users upon scanning are presented with options as to what to keep or clean, thereby allowing users to unselect whatever false positives are detected, before "cleaning".
 
Alternatively, you can report false positives in the respective tools' Support Forums, AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes, here: https://forums.malwarebytes.com/forum/187-malwarebytes-adwcleaner/ and Emsisoft Emergency Kit, here: https://support.emsisoft.com/forum/55-emsisoft-emergency-kit/.
 
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Posted 28 June 2017 - 11:58 AM

Post #2, and post #3,

The point is, the question is what IS the registry entry, to know BEFORE doing a scan, so that after doing a scan I will know to remove the check-mark about what registry item to NOT let the scanner do the cleaning.  

 

Does Windows NOT keep or use such a registry entry?



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Posted 28 June 2017 - 02:31 PM

I do not know of a specific Windows related registry key which would falsely be the target of these tools.

AdwCleaner is designed to search for (generic and static detecton) and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, browser extensions, add-ons/plug-ins, browser helper objects (BHOs) and other junkware as well as related services, registry entries (values, keys), files, folders and potentially unwanted extensions.

Emsisoft Emergency Kit will do essentially the same.
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