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What’s restore-default-services.exe (Restore Default XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10/11 Services)? Is it safe or a virus?

Restore-default-services.exe is a program developed by Geek Squad (Best Buy Stores, L.P.) that is designed to reset Windows services to their default settings.

This can be useful for troubleshooting and resolving issues caused by changes to system services. The program scans the system and identifies any services that have been altered or disabled, allowing the user to restore them to their original state. This can help to improve system stability and performance by ensuring that important system functions are properly configured. Additionally, it can help to resolve compatibility issues and restore functionality that may have been affected by changes to system services.

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Who makes restore-default-services.exe (Restore Default XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10/11 Services)?

We’ve found Geek Squad (Best Buy Stores, L.P.) should be the publisher of restore-default-services.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: March 18, 2024

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