False Positive on Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

If anyone is running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, beware that a database from earlier on Tuesday had a false positive. Normally the program is very valuable in eliminating malware but sometimes it has false positives. Most of the time it is not a problem as programs removed can be easily restored by running the program.

On Tuesday the program was recommending removal of some registry entries which turned out to be essential to load Windows. Those of us who did as the scan advised found that we could not boot into Windows at all (not even safe mode).

It was a real challenge to fix this considering it wasn’t possible to get into Windows or run Anti-Malware to reverse its actions. It took a several hours, tips from other people in the Malwarebytes forum who were also trying to figure out how to fix this, and several Google searches. Finally I managed to export the registry keys from another installation of Windows, get access to the computer, and figure out how to import the registry keys into a copy of the registry which was not running. Hours later the computer is finally back up and running.

Malwarebytes has updated their database and any users should make sure they update the program before running it.

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