What is Restore.exe?

The genuine Restore.exe file is a software component of Restore MFC Application by 3Com.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Restore.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Restore.exe file information

The process known as Restore MFC Application belongs to software Restore Application or Advanced WindowsCare (version 2.56 Personal) by 3Com (

Description: Restore.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Restore.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 270,336 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The Restore.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. Restore.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Restore.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 436,224 bytes. The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The Restore.exe file is not a Windows core file. Restore.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Advanced WindowsCare.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as Restore.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the Restore.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Seems to be a malware
  Semon   (further information)
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It's part of Microsoft DOS - basically you should only ever see this file on your disk if you have a very, very old computer.
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Summary: Average user rating of Restore.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think Restore.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade Restore.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Restore issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Restore. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Restore.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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