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  1. Thank you, that seems to have fixed it.
  2. The attached program, combine.exe, is one which I have written from scratch (for text processing) over the years and compiled on my own PCs. As of today, when I try to run it, it is automatically quarantined. Combine.zip
  3. I'm satisfied that my PC is now clean. Thank you for your help, nasdaq. I leave it to the MWB team to satisfy themselves that MWB is reporting correctly in the case of Nero-9.4.12.3_free-notoolbar.exe as downloaded from softfamous dot com (among other download sites). If it is true that this download contains bundled software (such as Seznam and/or App Explorer), and if such software is malware, then MWB is wrong in not reporting it. If either of those conditions is untrue, then MWB is behaving correctly.
  4. Thanks again, nasdaq. Fixlog.txt attached. Re Nero, I soon uninstalled Nero 9 Free, because the functionality of that free version was inadequate, and I have today deleted the empty directories left behind in Program Files. I purchased and installed Nero Burning ROM 20.0.2014, which may be the reason for Nero entries in my logs now. Fixlog.txt
  5. Thank you, nasdaq. App Explorer removed and fixlog.txt attached. Is the problem solved? I don't know. I have run a custom threat scan on the downloaded installer for Nero 9 Free, which I suspect installed Seznam (and App Explorer) when I ran it before. MWB found nothing wrong with the installer, just like before - and that was the problem. I could go on to install Nero 9 Free, and see whether Seznam and App Explorer reappear, but that is a risk I am not keen to take. Is there any reason to suppose that they might not reappear, as they did before? (It is something which could be tested on any computer, not necessarily mine!) Fixlog.txt
  6. Hi, I noticed two suspicious processes in Win 10 Task Manager today: szndesktop.exe and listicka-x64.exe. I discovered your webpage on these at https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/241466-removal-instructions-for-seznam/ This page says that malwarebytes will detect these, and should have prevented their installation. In fact it had not prevented their installation, and a custom scan of szndesktop.exe did not report any problems with it. I removed them (and other stuff) by uninstalling Seznam Software from the Win 10 Programs and Features control panel. I am fairly sure they were installed earlier in the day when I downloaded and installed Nero 9 Free from https://softfamous.com/nero-free/ I would attach the downloaded installer, but it is just to large (64MB). A similar (possibly identical) installer is available from other websites. I should add that, a little later, I downloaded ImgBurn 2.5.8.0 from the official ImgBurn website, from ImgBurn's own server, and malwarebytes quarantined it. I then downloaded it from the alternative Digital Digest server, and installed it; no problem was reported by malwarebytes this time. I think this is unconnected to the Seznam problem. I attach the Farbar reports as requested, but, as stated above, I had already uninstalled Seznam, and I hope this is sufficient to eliminate any danger. Thank you. FRST.txt Addition.txt
  7. Hi, I noticed two suspicious processes in Task Manager today: szndesktop.exe and listicka-x64.exe. I discovered your webpage on these at https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/241466-removal-instructions-for-seznam/ This page says that malwarebytes will detect these, and should have prevented their installation. In fact it had not prevented their installation, and a specific scan of szndesktop.exe did not report any problems with it. I removed them (and other stuff) by uninstalling Seznam Software from the Win 10 Programs and Features control panel. I am fairly sure they were installed earlier in the day when I downloaded and installed Nero 9 Free from https://softfamous.com/nero-free/ I would attach the downloaded installer, but it is just to large (64MB). A similar (possibly identical) installer is available from other websites. Should I be surprised that malwarebytes did not react to these files?
  8. Thanks again. My intermittent problem with getting stuck on updates is not happening at present. But it looks as if my hard disk is OK. WinDFT couldn't see my disk, and WD support advised using DLGDIAG instead ( https://support.wdc.com/knowledgebase/answer.aspx?ID=940 ). This scanned my disk and gave it a clean bill of health. (Just for general info, to minimize the risk of interfering with my internal drive, I cloned it to an external drive, and booted from that for the purposes of testing the internal one.) The problem could have something to do with my internet connection, as I have had occasional delays on other such operations, which however generally work when retried.
  9. Thank you. I did "chkdsk c:" which reported no problem. Then I did "chkdsk c: /r" on restarting Windows, it took 4–5 hours, and the results disappeared off-screen before I could read them, so I don't know what it fixed, if anything. Was this what you had in mind by "hard disk diagnostic", or is there a better one? After that, a new scan still got stuck on checking for updates, until I closed mbam.exe and reloaded it. Then a new scan succeeded in getting the updates. We'll see if the problem recurs. (While it wouldn't solve any problems, I think it would be good if MWB would do something when it becomes obvious that the updates are not going to be found, like telling the user and giving a menu of feasible actions.) Thanks again for your help.
  10. Hi, my problem with scan getting stuck on "checking for updates" is back. A scan is scheduled to run every 24 hours. The two attached screen shots, made at the same time, show that a scan has now been running for 43 hours, and has not got past "checking for updates". (BTW, to say "Last scan: 1 day ago" implies to me that the scan completed, whereas it seems to be really referring to the scan which is stuck. It would be more useful to know when the last completed scan was made.) Zipped logs attached. Thanks for your attention. mbst-grab-results.zip
  11. Thanks dcollins. Things are working again today — this problem of sticking on checking for updates comes and goes. When it recurs, I'll apply your suggestions.
  12. In the thread https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/189065-malwarebytes-anti-malware-stuck-on-checking-for-updates/#comment-1065431 this advice was given: "The logs indicate that someone has installed changes to the host file designed to pirate or steal our software. Please remove the settings from the hosts file and the updates should work again." As I'm having the same problem, can you tell me where to find the hosts file, and what it should contain. Thanks.
  13. Malwarebytes Premium is reporting a number of websites belonging to the University of Lisbon being "blocked due to malware". I get these messages, for example, when I visit http://www.teitok.org/ or http://www.teitok.org/index.php?action=projects The sites reported, not always consistently, include www.clul.ul.pt, ps.clul.ul.pt, alfclul.clul.ul.pt, cards-fly.clul.ul.pt. These addresses belong to a reputable university, and I would like to visit them. I know I can unblock them, but I would like more information about why they are being suspected. Thank you.
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