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I went to imgur.com to upload the malwarebytes userbar so I could get the link and use it as part of my signature when something strange happened. I had the browser take up half the screen and the other half showed my desktop. As soon as I got to imgur.com, my Malwarebytes and Hitman Pro shortcuts disappeared and were replaced with a white paper with a curled edge and red and green dots in it. I don't really know what happened. Is this a sign of infection? I can open both programs just fine, I just found this really weird. I'd also really like the icons back, any help would be appreciated.

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Can't say for sure what happened, or if you are infected.

(Of course, you know what to do in terms of starting a post in the malware removal section, if you think the latter might be the case). ;)

As for your program shortcut icons reverting to "generic", it sounds as if you've experienced some corruption of the iconcache.

That happens from time to time with Win7 (and Vista and XP and....).

This post has some replies with links to a MS Fixit tool, as well as some tutorials at sevenforums.com, to resolve that problem:




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I think I am infected. After running the fixit tool, I had to restart (I don't know if that is normal because I've never had to restart before), the icons came back but then some of them disappeared. I had the Control Panel, the Run, and other important icons on my desktop and they disappeared. I've checked with right-click properties to check if Malwarebytes is fine and mbam.exe is starting from the MBAM folder, so I don't think MBAM has been hijacked. Same with Hitman Pro, but I still think that something fishy is going on. I tried to get on Malwarebytes Forum just now and it took 15 secs to load, while I opened another tab and tried to go to YouTube and it took less than a sec. Someone or something doesn't want me accessing Malwarebytes, I can open the program just fine though. I still think I'd better get this checked out with the techies. Thanks for the input!

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Please run the following scanner and send back the logs.

Download DDS from one of the locations below and save to your Desktop



Temporarily disable any script blocker if your Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware has it.

How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs

Once downloaded you can disconnect from the Internet and disable your Ant-Virus temporarily if needed.

Then double click dds.scr or dds.com to run the tool, on Vista or Win 7 right click and select Run as administrator

Click the Run button if prompted with an Open File - Security Warning dialog box.

A black DOS console should open and run for a moment.

    When done, DDS will open two (2) logs:
  1. DDS.txt
  2. Attach.txt

  • Save both reports to your desktop
  • Please include the following logs in your next reply: DDS.txt and Attach.txt
    You can ignore the note about zipping the Attach.txt file in most cases.

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Well first off do not use any type of coding for colors or size etc. Click on the little gray button that looks like a small light switch and it will disable the rich text formatting.

Then attach both of your logs from DDS don't copy/paste directly. Also post your latest Quick Scan log from Malwarebytes.

If you look at your current post, no one can easily read it and will thus be prompted to bypass it and let someone else take it so best to repost a nice clean post with no special formatting and attach all 3 log files instead of a copy/paste.


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