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Make MSE Create a Restore Point Before Cleaning Malware

Everyday Malware is continuing to evolve to be more deviant and cause damage your system. Before making any changes to your computer, it’s always a good idea to create a restore point in case the changes break another app or make Windows unstable. Let’s take a look at making Microsoft Security Essentials create Restore Point before removing any infections.

Open MSE and click on the Settings tab, then Advanced on the left side. Now place a check in the box next to Create a system restore point and click on Save Changes. Now a Restore Point will automatically be created before MSE cleans any infection it finds on your computer.


This is helpful in case MSE were to remove a false positive or a difficult virus needs removed in a specific sequence to not make your computer unstable.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 01/11/10

Comments (4)

  1. Andre

    Many antimalware companies advise on actually disabling System Restore to make sure your system will be completely cleaned, so creating a system restore point when your system is infected may not really be a good idea.

  2. Muh

    What is MSE?

  3. R Adels

    MSE can remove an infection from a restore point while leaving everything else about it usable

    Can’t other programs do that too?

  4. Wil

    @ MUh MSE stands for Microsoft security essentials. It is a great free anti-virus.

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