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MBAM Finds, Quarantines, and Deletes a Malware.Trace infection, but it reappears automatically every few days

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Hello. AdvancedSetup was helping me with this previously (the associated thread is here), but went on vacation before the issue was resolved fully. I have a Malware.Trace infection that MBAM has detected because of the malicious file ASR.dat in C:\Users\Public, and deleted on numerous occasions. However, MBAM isn't able to keep the file from replacing itself a few days after it's deleted each time, which leads me to believe that there is another process somewhere on my machine running to make sure the infection comes back. I've tested this theory by disconnecting my machine from the internet for a few days at a time shortly after MBAM supposedly deletes the infection, and it has come back even without a network connection. On my most recent scan this afternoon, I chose to ignore the quarantine recommendation for the purposes of allowing other scanners to find it if you wish me to run them.


My latest MBAM log is here: Malwarebytes Scan Log.txt

My FRST scan log is here: FRST.txt

My FRST first-time addition is here (I've had the tool installed in the past, but removed it earlier and just installed a new copy): Addition.txt


The infection hasn't had any real impact on my use of the computer (yet), but having to remove it unsuccessfully every few days with MBAM is annoying. Beyond that, I want to deal with this before it becomes a larger problem.


Please keep in mind what AdvancedSetup has already tried with me when replying. Thank you sincerely for any help you can give.

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  • 2 weeks later...
  • Root Admin

Hello, I'm back from vacation and it looks like no one was able to pick up your topic so I'll go ahead and continue with you.
Please Run TFC by OldTimer to clear temporary files:

  • Download TFC from here and save it to your desktop.
  • http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/TFC.exe
  • Close any open programs and Internet browsers.
  • Double click TFC.exe to run it on XP (for Vista and Windows 7 right click and choose "Run as administrator") and once it opens click on the Start button on the lower left of the program to allow it to begin cleaning.
  • Please be patient as clearing out temp files may take a while.
  • Once it completes you may be prompted to restart your computer, please do so.
  • Once it's finished you may delete TFC.exe from your desktop or save it for later use for the cleaning of temporary files.



Please create an mbam-check log:

  • Download mbam-check.exe from here and save it to your desktop
  • Double-click on mbam-check.exe to run it, it should then open a log file
  • Please do not copy and paste the entire contents of the log into your next post, instead please attach the log CheckResults.txt file which should now be located on your desktop to your next post


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