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Malwarebytes is blocking and deleting my Word documents - documents I create myself.

I have the latest version of Windows 10 (October 2020 Update), Surface Book 1 laptop.

I have included Winword.exe in the list of allowed apps through Controlled Folder Access (but it is Malwarebytes blocking Word).

How can this be fixed?

Lately, Malwarebytes seems to be a virus; rather than protecting one from viruses.

 

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27 minutes ago, sophie707 said:

How can this be fixed?

Please do the following Uninstall and reinstall using the Malwarebytes Support Tool

Please have lots of patience with the tool.  The first phase is a cleanup and does require a Windows Restart.
After the Restart, it may take 2 - 3 - 4 minutes till the Support tool screen shows up.   Please be patient and have faith.  Wait for it, whatever it takes.
The 2nd phase is where it offers to do a new Install.

 Let me know if that clears up the issue or not.

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7 minutes ago, sophie707 said:

I think I fixed the issue.

Can you please collect and upload as an attachment the diagnostic data using our MBST?

  • Download and run the Malwarebytes Support Tool
  • Accept the EULA and click Advanced tab on the left (not Start Repair)
  • Click the Gather Logs button, and once it completes, attach the zip file it creates on your desktop to your next reply
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13 hours ago, Porthos said:

Can you please collect and upload as an attachment the diagnostic data using our MBST?

  • Download and run the Malwarebytes Support Tool
  • Accept the EULA and click Advanced tab on the left (not Start Repair)
  • Click the Gather Logs button, and once it completes, attach the zip file it creates on your desktop to your next reply

I initially did a repair using the Support Tool, and thought everything was fixed.

So removed the Microsoft Office folder from the "Allow List".

But after I was working on another Word document, and tried to save it - Malwarebytes blocked and deleted it!!!

Attached is the zip file.

mbst-grab-results.zip

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This may be due to a known issue with recent versions of Malwarebytes which causes some of Malwarebytes' default settings for Exploit Protection to fail to be honored.  It can usually be fixed by following the instructions below, assuming you decide to reinstall Malwarebytes of course:

Please open Malwarebytes and navigate to settings by clicking the small gear icon in the upper right, then select the Security tab and scroll down to the Exploit Protection section.  Once there, be sure that the option to block penetration testing attacks is set to Off, then click the Advanced settings button and click on Restore Defaults located at the bottom of the advanced settings dialog.

Once that is done, wait around 30 seconds or so for the protection to refresh itself, then test to see if the issue has been resolved and that you no longer receive an alert from Exploit Protection.

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