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This has been picked up and only by MSERT.

No additional threats found and MSERT has advised:

Extended Scan Removal Results

Start 'remove' for regkeyvalue://hklm\software\microsoft\windows defender\\DisableAntiSpyware


Operation succeeded !

Has anyone seen this and dealt with it? More for my own peace of mind than anything.

System in question does use third party protection which picked nothing up along with scans by Malware Bytes and Adaware as second opinions.

Feel that the key would be changed if 3rd party protection is present and likely a false positive from the Microsoft Security Scanner but want to be sure.


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So in this scenario why would only Microsoft Security Scanner detect an issue with that registry key? False positive?

Reading the link would suggest it can pose a risk but it's not a cast iron indication there is actually any risk?

MBAM and others found nothing on numerous previous scans on the system and given its seemingly a standard registry key on all systems for Windows Defender one might expect the value to be changed if using 3rd party protection.

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"DisableAntiSpyware" with Dword = 1, is identified as "VirTool:Win32/DefenderTampering Restore".

The Safety Scanner found this threat in your Registry at Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows Defender.

It is commonly used by malware or "other" antivirus programs to disable Windows Defender.

There is no threat to your system. Microsoft simply reenabled the setting back to default.


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