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Hello to all!,

Why is it that when ever I need to do a System Restore, I have to uninstall Malwarebytes before restoring? If I forget and restore, Windows tells me that the restore was no complete and a third-party AV is keeping it from happening. Then, when I uninstall it, the system restores with no problem. It's a pain to uninstall Malwarebytes every time (not that I do it very often).

Anyone know if there is a work-around for this or is this normal practice?


Thanks alot.



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13 minutes ago, mecanicogolf said:

Anyone know if there is a work-around for this or is this normal practice?

My suggestion is to disable Malwarebytes and exit Malwarebytes from the system tray before you do a system restore.

My other advice is to forget system restore and use imaging software to image the computer on a regular basis to an external drive.

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It might be due to the self-protection component in Malwarebytes.  Please try disabling self-protection prior to launching System Restore to see if that helps.

To do so, open Malwarebytes and navigate to settings by clicking the small gear icon in the upper right, then select the Security tab and under the Windows startup section click the Advanced link then toggle the Enable self-protection option off.

Re-enable the option for self-protection once System Restore completes.

Please let us know if that resolves the issue or not.


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No. It did not work BUT I do not believe it was because of Malwarebytes. It was due to some other app. Got an error code I did not write down and I know for sure it was not Malwarebytes. I really just wanted to know if anyone else in the forum has spoken about this and had mentioned it to you before. It's really no big problem and I know Microsoft sees it as a 3rd party AV so I understand.

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I agree with @Porthos: use imaging software to image your entire OS disk on a regular basis.  It is more reliable.  Be sure to create an emergency boot disk that the software offers.

I have never had a lot of success with System Restore, though I do use it, to complement my imaging softwares (Macrium Reflect 8 Home, and Easeus Todo Backup Home 13.1).  I have had the most success when attempting a restore from Safe Mode.  In that mode, protection software is not loaded, and the system is running "bare bones", so the possibility of other software interfering is much reduced.

I hope this helps.  Have a great day.


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