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ok, so i ran mwb today, and it caught two things. I am going to copy and paste what it caught. Is this spyware from a hacker?

btw, after deleting this stuff my firefox addons and skin dissapeared too....what gives here?

 

 

Files Detected: 1
C:\ProgramData\Updater\Uninstall.exe (PUP.Optional.TubeDimmer.A) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
 

Registry Keys Detected: 1
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{D54E3D9F-FEB8-4D2D-A138-B69A5C80080B} (PUP.Optional.TubeDimmer.A) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

 

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Well this entry is not a skin and add-ons should not break in general over it's removal either.

 

Search on Google for TubeDimmer and you'll find thousands of requests on how to remove it.

 

Please restart your computer and then reset your browser settings and let me know if you're still having any issues.

 

Please visit each of the following sites and lets reset all of your browsers back to defaults to prevent unexpected issues.
If you are not using one of the browsers but it is installed then you may want to consider uninstalling it as older versions of some software can pose an increase in the potential for an infection to get in.

Internet Explorer
How to reset Internet Explorer settings

Firefox
Click on Help / Troubleshooting Information then click on the Reset Firefox button.

Chrome
Chrome - Reset browser settings

Opera
How to Perform a (really) clean Reinstall of Opera
 
 
 

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Hi, princetongrad24: :)
 
Until AdvancedSetup returns, here's a pinned topic that explains PUPs: What are the 'PUP' detections, are they threats, and should they be deleted?
 
As he suggested, if you run a routine search with your search engine of "Tube Dimmer" & "Tube Dimmer Removal", you can find lots of information about what it is and what it does.
While it's clearly junkware/crapware, it doesn't appear in any way related to allowing hackers remote access to your system.

If your Firefox profile is different after running MBAM, it could be that you have/had other PUPs, or non-standard extensions/add-ons/themes installed?
 
It appears that MBAM has removed the PUP from your system. :)
However, if you'd like an expert to help with checking your system for other junk/malware, you might want to please follow the recommendations in this pinned topic: Available Assistance For Possibly Infected Computers.
A malware expert will guide you through the scanning & cleanup process.

Thanks,

daledoc1

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hi there, thanks for the reply

I did check that topic out before posting the thread, but i was wondering, if the 2 tubdimmers mwb found on my computer are specifically different than other tubedimmers? like the ones it found for me are

C:\ProgramData\Updater\Uninstall.exe

and

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{D54E3D9F-FEB8-4D2D-A138-B69A5C80080B}

 

i was curious what those were.

 

what i had installed was a three wolf moon skin theme for firefox to change appearance, and also the add on blocksite.

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So you ran MBAM and and it found a Registry entry and the uninstaller for TubeDimmer which were flagged as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), not malware.

 

PUPs are something that get installed by a bundling ware or some other packaging software.

 

A "hacker" is a person who uses Social Engineering or technical skills to break into a system he/she is unauthorized to have access to. 

 

Getting a  Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) has NOTHING to do with a hacker or the resultant act of hacking.  They are programs that are installed through a sneaky process such as you downloaded a free program and when it installed the desired application/utility, TubeDimmer was also installed.  Maybe you missed it or maybe you failed to choose a "custom" installation but TubeDimmer was installed.  You need vigilance to install so-called freeware so thirty party software does NOT get installed.  It is ALL ABOUT THE MONEY.  The freeware authors uses a bundling ware which installs their intended software but will also  install third party software if you fail to deny their installation.  When they are installed the freeware authors get "affiliate" revenue.

 

One should also not presume a causative effect of removing said PUP and the following... "...firefox addons and skin dissapeared too".

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So you ran MBAM and and it found a Registry entry and the uninstaller for TubeDimmer which were flagged as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), not malware.

 

PUPs are something that get installed by a bundling ware or some other packaging software.

 

A "hacker" is a person who uses Social Engineering or technical skills to break into a system he/she is unauthorized to have access to. 

 

Getting a  Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) has NOTHING to do with a hacker or the resultant act of hacking.  They are programs that are installed through a sneaky process such as you downloaded a free program and when it installed the desired application/utility, TubeDimmer was also installed.  Maybe you missed it or maybe you failed to choose a "custom" installation but TubeDimmer was installed.  You need vigilance to install so-called freeware so thirty party software does NOT get installed.  It is ALL ABOUT THE MONEY.  The freeware authors uses a bundling ware which installs their intended software but will also  install third party software if you fail to deny their installation.  When they are installed the freeware authors get "affiliate" revenue.

 

One should also not presume a causative effect of removing said PUP and the following... "...firefox addons and skin dissapeared too".

not trying to go against the rules, but is it possible that watching porn did this? i havent downloaded anything.

the reason i asked about the hacker wasa because, i had someone specifi in the past threaten to hack me. he found my ipaddress too. i was concerned maybe he infected the pc with the tubedimmer and then did something to my addons..but i guess that is impossible right?

 

im at a loss for what happened to my addons..i only had 2, and i reinstalled, but im concerned on why they would just dissapear..the main concern is a hacker, but besides the pup nothing else came up on norton, mwb, or sas, so maybe something else occured.

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Just and FYI....

One of the quickest ways of getting infected is using P2P software to download illegal software and surfing Porn.... Those sites are usually riddled with malware.... Just saying....

Actually you'd be surprised how well policed many adult sites are these days, they even have a forum set up to report offending sites. You're just as easily to get infected in CNN as you are on any adult site these days. P2P on the other hand is always a hotbed of infections laying at every other turn.

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Well to be honest, I don't surf those sites so I would not know, I was just going with the info of how it used to be (from working on peoples computers and they telling me how it happened and 9 out of 10 times it was from those sites) or from them trying to find cracks for software....

Thanks Tom for the added info on how the adult sites are policing themselves...

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Well to be honest, I don't surf those sites so I would not know, I was just going with the info of how it used to be (from working on peoples computers and they telling me how it happened and 9 out of 10 times it was from those sites) or from them trying to find cracks for software....

Thanks Tom for the added info on how the adult sites are policing themselves...

I only state what I state based on research back when I used to track infections, not personal experience, lol. I've never gone to an adult site, no sir, not me. :rolleyes:

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