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Registry keys detected for Antivirus 2008 and adware

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Hi. I ran a full scan with MBAM on a relatives computer and these 2 entries were found.

Registry Keys Infected:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{3aa42713-5c1e-48e2-b432-d8bf420dd31d} (Rogue.Antivirus2008) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{1d4db7d2-6ec9-47a3-bd87-1e41684e07bb} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

I also ran a full scan with SAS with default scan settings and nothing was found. Is there anything in the two entries that I need to worry about or follow up? The machine runs Avast free and Windows Defender to keep things simple on Windows XP home SP2 and should be fully updated.


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Thanks for your reply GT500. I'll have them run a full scan with Avast tomorrow. In the meantime can anyone provide any insight about the 2 detected registry keys? I'm at a loss when it comes to Windows registry.

If I get a chance, I may also have them run Prevx CSI and Dr. Web Cureit unless you recommend something else.

PS: It will be several hours before I can respond but I will be back in the evening EST.

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It looks like the registry entries were just traces left over from removals done by previous anti-spyware scans. Can't be 100% certain, but MyWebSearch has been around forever, and is very common, so every anti-spyware utility will detect and remove most of it.

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Yes those keys are just entries from Microsoft where they basically log all IE add-ons that have ever been installed even if they're removed from the system. Sort of a history key and if that is all that was found then the system is okay, MBAM just did a little more house keeping is all.

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Sorry for my very late reply. Thank you both very much for you replies and explanations. They did finally run a full Avast scan and it found nothing. It sounds like Avast and Windows Defender did their job (this time). It also sounds like MBAM did it's job too. Plus, I was able to learn a little bit more about malware and Windows thanks to you.



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