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I use Malwarebytes free on a regular schedule for years to ensure I am malware-free.  Recently, I developed the symptoms of possible malware (problems with copy/paste) so I ran the full scan instead.  It found a malware - I don't recall which one.  I had it clean, and for a couple of days, things seemed ok.  Today, I am running the full scan again, and it has found 3 more instances since it started.  My question is - is the quick scan as good as the full scan?  I can't understand what has changed.  I always update Windows when required, keep Zone Alarm running and up-to-date, use Avast and keep it current, scan regularly for viruses and never find any.  Have I been missing these malwares because I've been only using the quick scan, or is there likely some other source?  I will come back with a report when the scan finishes (whenever that is :)   ). 

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Without log extraction detailing what was found a definitive answer can't be provided.


A Quick Scan scans those areas that are "most likely" or "well known" to be locations of malware.  A Full Scan, which takes noticeably longer, scans the entire system disk(s).


Please post the excerpts of the MBAM logs showing these events.

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Thanks for responding so quickly.  Sorry it took me a while to finish the scan.  Here is the log that was generated.  I hope this is the information you are looking for.  I have a list of items to be removed, but am holding off in case you think I should do something else.  They all say PUP.Optional, which I hope means I don't have some awful thing going on.  I did install some software recently that seemed to include this SweetPaks thing.  I uninstalled the software including the SweetPaks, and ran antivirus and Malwarebytes after that.  Today is the first time these have shown up, but as I said, I ran the full scan.




Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Database version: v2013.08.02.07

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 x64 NTFS
Internet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421
Owner :: ADAMSLT04 [administrator]

8/2/2013 12:23:35 PM
MBAM-log-2013-08-02 (14-32-47).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|)
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 537158
Time elapsed: 2 hour(s), 7 minute(s), 59 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Detected: 2
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions\{7D4F1959-3F72-49d5-8E59-F02F8AA6815D} (PUP.Optional.SweetPacks.A) -> Data:  -> No action taken.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions|{7D4F1959-3F72-49d5-8E59-F02F8AA6815D} (PUP.Optional.SweetPacks.A) -> Data: C:\Program Files\Updater By SweetPacks\Firefox -> No action taken.

Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Detected: 3
C:\ProgramData\Tarma Installer (PUP.Optional.Tarma.A) -> No action taken.
C:\ProgramData\Tarma Installer\{361E80BE-388B-4270-BF54-A10C2B756504} (PUP.Optional.Tarma.A) -> No action taken.
C:\ProgramData\Tarma Installer\{361E80BE-388B-4270-BF54-A10C2B756504}\Cache (PUP.Optional.Tarma.A) -> No action taken.

Files Detected: 11
C:\ProgramData\Tarma Installer\{361E80BE-388B-4270-BF54-A10C2B756504}\Setup.exe (PUP.Optional.Tarma.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\1371868084_32799522_606_4.tmp (PUP.Optional.SweetIM) -> No action taken.
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\1371868117_32832344_855_6.tmp (PUP.Optional.SweetIM) -> No action taken.
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\hsbing_717_active.exe (PUP.Optional.SweetPacks.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\mgsqlite3.7z (PUP.Optional.SweetIM) -> No action taken.
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\mgsqlite3.dll (PUP.Optional.SweetIM) -> No action taken.
C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\Shortcut_sweetpacks_632013.exe (PUP.Optional.SweetIM) -> No action taken.
C:\ProgramData\Tarma Installer\{361E80BE-388B-4270-BF54-A10C2B756504}\Setup.dat (PUP.Optional.Tarma.A) -> No action taken.
C:\ProgramData\Tarma Installer\{361E80BE-388B-4270-BF54-A10C2B756504}\Setup.ico (PUP.Optional.Tarma.A) -> No action taken.
C:\ProgramData\Tarma Installer\{361E80BE-388B-4270-BF54-A10C2B756504}\_Setup.dll (PUP.Optional.Tarma.A) -> No action taken.
C:\ProgramData\Tarma Installer\{361E80BE-388B-4270-BF54-A10C2B756504}\_Setupx.dll (PUP.Optional.Tarma.A) -> No action taken.


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OK.  What I see are all "PUP.Optional".  That's new.  That could be why the full scan caught it as Malwarebytes has taken a very new aggressive stance on Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs).  Since this is so new, it may be when you did a Quick Scan it was prior to to the new signature implementation which was announced Monday.
Malwarebytes Adopts Aggressive PUP Policy

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Sorry for the delay in responding.  Thanks to your link, I understand what's going on, and completely agree that even software like this is highly undesirable, and I'd rather know it's there and get rid of it.  I'm just glad I understand how Malwarebytes works a little better now. 


It is incredibly helpful to have folks like you explain all this.  This environment we are in now with all the virus/malware out there is very threatening, and people like me just don't have the knowledge to respond to it.  I am so grateful that you give your time to help us.


Thank you so much.  :)

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hello and welcome, Joke: :)
Until DHL returns...

Same problem: already removed SweetPacks program, however, every daily Malwarebytes scan produces the PUP.Optional.SweetPacks malware. 
How do you find and remove this issue?


There is more information about PUPs here:  What are the 'PUP' detections, are they threats and should they be deleted?


If you aren't sure what to delete or need other help, I would suggest that you please follow the recommendations in this pinned topic: Available Assistance For Possibly Infected Computers.
A qualified malware expert will guide you through the cleanup process.



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