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Windows Security finds exploits and other "threats" (Malwarebytes does not)

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...and neither does Sophos Home.

Hi Malwarebytes geniuses 🤓,

Could you please help me figure out this issue? I have been trying to fix this for the past few days and none of the methods are working. I will greatly appreciate any and all help you can provide. Thank you. 💚

mb-support- has been executed and mbst-grab-results.zip file attached. Hopefully this helps. Please do not hesitate to let me know if additional details are required. Thanks again.


- There are several threats detected through Windows Security and when I ran MSERT.exe (Microsoft Safety Scanner), it shows over 19K "infected files" but is unable to finish the scan for some reason. I ran it all night two days in a row with no success.

- When scanning Malwarebytes, it does not detect anything.

- When scanning Sophos Home (Sophos Home Website), it does not detect anything.

- When trying to remove the "threats" through Windows Security, they seem to show up again after restart. Windows Security also gets hung on trying to remove the "threats" and is unable to finish the process for some reason.




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Malwarebytes does not "detect" exploitation code.  Malwarebytes uses its anti exploitation module to block the act of exploitation from occurring.

In your screenshot it shows an Adobe Flash exploitation and a JavaScript.  Assuming your Windows 10 is still vulnerable ( and chances are low since the exploitation code is 5 yrs old ) the Malwarebytes anti exploitation module will block the Flash from exercising the vulnerability and block any payload from compromising the system.  This is similar with what will take place with the the JavaScript.  Malwarebytes doesn't use signatures to "detect" data and media files.  It only uses signatures on executable type files.  Malwarebytes bypasses the detection process which is a static process.  Instead Malwarebytes acts upon a data or media file's interaction with the Operating System and will prevent the exploitation of a vulnerability or from taking advantage of a capability to use in their benefit in an unexpected or unanticipated way.


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