RefreshPC 2.0 update gets rid of false positive malware hits

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 11, 2013
Updated • Jun 25, 2018
Windows, Windows software

When Refresh PC 1.0 was released back in 2011 it had one problem that had nothing to do with the program's functionality. A scan on a meta virus scanning service such as Virustotal returned several positive hits, up to seven, that identified the program or at least part of its code as malicious.

What made this worse was that the engines of respected companies such as Symantec or Dr.Web were among the engines that identified the software as malicious which gave more weight to the claim.

At least some users decided not to make use of the program at all because of this; the issue impacted the program's distribution and reach to some degree.

Refresh PC 2.0

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Today, RefreshPC 2.0 has been released and while it is not really clear what changed in the new release, there is at least one positive aspect about the new release.

A scan on Virustotal returns 0 hits which means that the developer of the application managed to reprogram the application to reduce the false positive count to zero.

The program interface has not changed at all, and the most likely change, besides resolving the false positive issue, is support for Microsoft's newest operating system Windows 8.

RefreshPC is like a lite version of Windows 8's Refresh feature. You may know that you can restore system settings to their default values in Windows 8 using the refresh feature. You will retain access to personal files and apps you have installed, but will lose access to programs that you have downloaded to the system.

RefreshPC 2.0 resets default Registry settings and system services only and does not touch installed programs or personal files at all. The program resets only default Windows Registry keys and services to their default state and ignores any third party additions to the Registry and services in the process.

This can be very useful if your PC has been successfully attacked by malware which modified settings in the Registry, if you ran a tweaking software that made modifications that you cannot undo anymore, or if software installations modified certain key features of the OS.

The downside of the program is that it is not forthcoming in regards to the changes that it will make. You simply do not know which keys and services it will refresh which is a big issue as you have no control over the process because of this.

You only receive basic information after you hit the refresh settings button in the program interface.

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The program prompts you during start to create a system restore point so that you can go restore your system if things do not go as planned.

Note: The program includes adware offers that are launched during installation. Make sure you decline those if you do not want them installed on your system.

Update: Refresh PC is no longer maintained. While you can still download the program from third-party websites, it is suggested that you use it only if you create a backup beforehand as it may not work properly anymore.

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  1. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Does it come back after every “moment” update?

  2. Baloney said on March 9, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah right.. Like this is going to stop defender from running =) This is comedy gold right here.

  3. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    no ‘about the author’ paragraph?

  4. Gregory said on March 9, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    For permanent disable defender is if removed complete from system no just change permission folder.

    Just this is joke.

  5. moi said on March 9, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    simpler, load Autoruns (SysInternals)
    – filter “Defender”
    – untag all entries
    – reboot
    nothing has changed since my 1st modification years ago

  6. John G. said on March 9, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    I wouldn’t disable Defender imho, it has too many hidden roots inside Windows itself. One time I tried to uninstall it using brute force scripts and then the Onedrive feature stopped working definitely. A reinstallation was needed and since those times I prefer to maintain Defender untouched. It’s a better method to install another antivirus and it will disable Defender in a safer and easier mode (e.g., Avast is the best in this way, and also Panda Cloud Free is good too).

    1. Tweakmaster said on September 29, 2023 at 9:57 am

      U are just * [Editor: removed] thats the problem ;p first of all u shall always debloat windows u shall have max 65 services with your drivers for pc and windows own servs. You didnt know what that script did

  7. boris said on March 10, 2023 at 12:19 am

    You can not stop defender from running in background or remove it without some penalty. All you can do is to limit telemetry.

    1. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm


      It’s probably Smartscreen which is preventing WD from being disabled. Get rid of that and the problem should be solved:

  8. hoho said on March 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Remove Windows and go for Linux.

    1. basingstoke said on March 10, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      Linux sucks dude. Besides it’s not comparable to Windows, these OSes are in different classes entirely.

      1. Derp said on March 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm

        I use Linux as my daily driver. It’s far more stable than Windows. When’s the last time you used Linux, 2010?

      2. Bromosexual said on March 11, 2023 at 2:04 am


        You’re right, dude. Bro, linux is just a bunch of code that starts before the OS, dude. Brobrodude, that shit ain’t even got emojis, dudebrodudeman! Dudebro, it’s no way near as cool as Windows with its hardcoded abilities to make money off the user, bro. Yo brodude man, you’re the coolest dude ever man, bro. Dude.

      3. basingstoke said on August 16, 2023 at 7:20 pm

        Lol what? Windows 7 doesn’t come with any Emojis

  9. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Download Autoruns and remove the checkmark from Windows Defender. It doesn’t remove it, but it will never run.

  10. Simon said on March 10, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Just use “Defender Control”:

    Per this video,
    it also works on Windows 11 too…

  11. Someone said on March 10, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    Win Defender, is completly the most succesful free-built in antivirus of Microsoft. Really nice product. Saved my ass a lot of times. Has updated malware database, completly strong defence
    from whatever smart screen disables. Or if you want better and more upgrated (paid) program,
    you can go further. But defender is always on your side.

  12. CalixtoWVR1 said on March 10, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    Why would one disable Windows (or Microsoft) Defender in the first place?. I consider this to be playing with fire big time. Everybody knows that if one is using another A-V, Defender will be disabled on its own and won’t be in one’s way.

  13. Ed D said on March 10, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Why would I want to disable Windows Defender in the first place? It’s a great anti virus in my opinion. Been using it since Windows 8 and and never had a problem or a virus. Why mess with a good thing, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  14. owl said on August 17, 2023 at 1:57 am

    How a ridiculous article!
    I am thoroughly stunned.

    Why Should You Disable First-Party Windows Defender?
    I can only think that it is “malice or perversely intention (want you to buy a third-party AV where you can expect a back margin)” to guide invalidation without showing the premise.
    No sane company will use third-party closed source programs (such as AV).

    As I thought, “Ghacks Technology News” seems to be coming to downfall.

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