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Restore Quarantined Files in Microsoft Defender [2 Easy Ways]

Restore Quarantined Files in Microsoft Defender – Windows Defender is no doubt one of the most trusted and reliable choices of Anti-virus to protect your Windows PC. However, that does not imply that it is faultless or immune from raising false alarms.

We’ll explain what to do if Windows Defender quarantines a file that you know

Why Microsoft Defender Quarantines safe files

Microsoft Defender performs a respectable job of ignoring alarms for safe files in general. As long as the viral definitions are kept up to date, false positives are rare (particularly if you understand how to manually update Windows Defender). But they do happen.

Defender provides strong defense by being proactive and limiting both potential and actual threats. Files are frequently tagged as suspect due to a mismatched or expired digital signature. It might also occur if the file was unintentionally marked as dangerous.

How to Restore Quarantined Files in Microsoft Defender

Typically, suspicious files won’t be removed automatically; instead, they’ll be quarantined. In order for you to determine whether or not to delete them, they are placed in a safe holding state. However, in specific circumstances, infected files will be removed in order to safeguard your system.

1. Windows Defender

  1. Open settings on your PC
  2. Select Privacy & Security
  3. Click on Windows Security then the Open Windows Security button
  4. The protection History of quarantined files can be filtered by simply clicking on the button at the top
  5. Navigate to the file you wish to restore and then choose the “restore” option to complete this process.

Restore Quarantined Files with Command Prompt

Restoration of Quarantined files by Windows Defender can also be done with the help of Comand Prompt.

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The default command-line interpreter for the OS/2, eComStation, ArcaOS, Microsoft Windows, and ReactOS operating systems is Command Prompt, usually known as cmd.exe or cmd. It is known as the Command Processor Shell on Windows Embedded CE 6.0, Windows CE 5.0, and Windows CE.NET 4.2.

The steps below will guide you on how to restore Quarantined files with Command Prompt.

1. In the Windows Search, type in Command Prompt

2. Right Click on Command Prompt and click Run as Administrator

3. In Command Prompt, type: MpCmdRun.exe -restore – install. This command will automatically show you the list of quarantined files on your Pc.

4. To restore your preferred file, type in: MpCmdRun.exe -restore -name “Filename”.

Final Words

Microsoft Defender often does a decent job at distinguishing between safe and questionable files. However, it could occasionally put files in quarantine that you know are secure. In certain circumstances, you have the option of restoring files via Windows Security or Command Prompt.


Ugiankong David Ashipu, mostly known as Alex is a Nigerian content writer and graphic designer from the Cross River State. Instagram: @alexdave0 Whatsapp: 08123190001 Twitter: @Alexdave0

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