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Hi johnluk, :)


My name is Valinorum and I will be the acolyte today. Before we proceed, please, acknowledge yourself the following(s):

  • Please do not create any new threads on this while we are working on your system as it wastes another volunteer's time. If you are being helped/have solved the issue/no longer wish to continue, notify me in your reply and I will quickly close this thread. Failing to comply will result in denial of future assistance.
  • Please do not install any new software while we are working on this system as it may hinder our process.
  • Malware removal is a complicated process so don't stop following the steps even if the symptoms are not found. Keep up with me until I declare you clean.
  • Please do not try to fix anything without being ask.
  • Please do not attach your logs or put them inside code/quote tags. Do a Copy/Paste of the entire contents of the log file and submit it inside your post unless directed otherwise.
  • Please print or save the instructions I give you for quick reference. We may be using Safe mode which will cut you off from internet and you will not always be able to access this thread.
  • Back up your data. I will not knowingly suggest your any course that might damage your system but sometimes Malware infections are so severe that only option we have is to re-format and re-install the operating system.
  • If you are confused about any instruction stop and ask. Do not keep on going.
  • Do not repeat the steps if you face any problems.
  • I am not an omniscient. There are things even I cannot foresee. But what I know took years to learn and perfect the skill. This site is run by volunteers who help people in need in their own free time. I would ask you to respect their time and be patient as sometimes real life demands our time and replies to you can be delayed.
  • Private Message(PM) if and only if I have not responded to your thread within three days or your query is offtopic and personal. Do not PM me under any other circumstances. Your thread is the only medium of communication.
  • The fixes are for your system only. Please refrain from using these fixes on other system as it may do serious damage.

Please un-install Spybot - Search and Destroy while we are working with your issue. You may re-install after I declare you A-Okay.

  • Step #1 P2P Warning

    **IMPORTANT I notice there are signs of one or more P2P (Person to Person) File Sharing Programs on your computer.

    • µTorrent
    • BitTorrent
    I shall provide you with a few reference links, please read them up to know the risks of having a P2P program.Note: Even if you are using a "safe" P2P program, it is only the program that is safe. You will be sharing files from uncertified sources, and these are often infected. The bad guys use P2P file-sharing as a major conduit to spread their wares.

    My recommendation is that you uninstall the programs listed above. If you choose not to remove them, please do not use them until this computer is clean.

  • Step #2 Scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from the suitable link below --
    • Double-click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    • Before clicking Finish perform the following actions --
      • Un-check the box beside Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium.
      • Check the box beside Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    • Once the program has loaded, The MBAM dashboard will appear with an alert to update - click the green button Update Now;
    • Click on Setting--
      • Navigate to the tab Detection and Protection and check all the boxes under Detection Options
    • From the Dashboard click on Scan Now;
    • If threats are detected click on Apply actions. If the program asks to reboot your PC, let it do so;
    • On completion of the scan click on View Detailed Log after that click on Export Button, select Text File and save the log to your Desktop;
    • Copy and Paste the contents of the log in your next reply.

  • Step #3 Fix with FRST

    Make sure that you still have FRST.exe on your Desktop. If you do not have it, download the suitable version from here to your Desktop.

    • Open Notepad.exe. Do not use any other text editor software;
    • Copy and Paste the contents inside the code-box to your Notepad --

      StartHosts:EmptyTemp:AlternateDataStreams: C:\ProgramData\TEMP:D1B5B4F1HKLM\...\Run: [] => [X]HKU\S-1-5-21-2427720773-410356047-1369373832-1000\...\Run: [] => [X]GroupPolicy: Group Policy on Chrome detected <======= ATTENTIONToolbar: HKCU - No Name - {2318C2B1-4965-11D4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} -  No FileToolbar: HKCU - No Name - {7FEBEFE3-6B19-4349-98D2-FFB09D4B49CA} -  No FileCHR HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION2014-09-23 21:39 - 2012-04-05 01:07 - 00000000 ____D () C:\ProgramData\WildTangentEnd
    • Click on File > Save as...
      • Inside the File Name box type fixlist.txt;
      • From the Save as type drop down list, choose All Files
    • Save the file to your Desktop;
    • Re-run FRST.exe and click Fix;
      • Note: If FRST advises there is a new updated version to be downloaded, do so/allow this.
    • After the completion, a log will be produced;
    • Copy and Paste the contents of the log in your next reply.

  • Step #4 Fix with AdwCleaner
    • Download AdwCleaner by Xplode to your Desktop from the following link.
    • Right-click on AdwCleaner.exe and choose Run as administrator;
    • Click on Scan and let the program run unhindered;
    • When done, click on Clean and allow the system to reboot after it is done;
    • A log will be opened automatically after the restart;
    • Copy and Paste the contents of this log in your reply.

  • Step #5 Fix with Junkware Removal Tool

    Download Junkware Removal Tool by thisisu to your Desktop from the link below.

    Download Link 1

    Download Link 2

    • Disable your anti-virus to avoid potential conflicts. For more information please acknowledge yourself this article;
    • Run the program either by double-clicking(Windows XP) or Right-clicking and choosing Run as administrator(Windows Vista and above);
    • Please be patient as the tool cleans your system;
    • After completion of the process a log named JRT.txt will automatically open and is save to your Desktop;
    • Copy and Paste the contents of the log in your next reply.

  • Required Log(s):
    • FRST Fix Log
    • AdwCleaner Log
    • Junkware Removal Tool Log


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HI thank you for your help....


I uninstalled

  • µTorrent
  • BitTorrent
  • Spybot

and I completed all 5 steps. Here are the requested logs:

  • FRST Fix Log

Fix result of Farbar Recovery Tool (FRST written by Farbar) (x64) Version: 28-09-2014 01
Ran by VAN HUSS at 2014-09-28 15:31:04 Run:1
Running from C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: UpdatusUser & VAN HUSS (Available profiles: UpdatusUser & VAN HUSS)
Boot Mode: Normal

Content of fixlist:
AlternateDataStreams: C:\ProgramData\TEMP:D1B5B4F1
HKLM\...\Run: [] => [X]
HKU\S-1-5-21-2427720773-410356047-1369373832-1000\...\Run: [] => [X]
GroupPolicy: Group Policy on Chrome detected <======= ATTENTION
Toolbar: HKCU - No Name - {2318C2B1-4965-11D4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} -  No File
Toolbar: HKCU - No Name - {7FEBEFE3-6B19-4349-98D2-FFB09D4B49CA} -  No File
CHR HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION
2014-09-23 21:39 - 2012-04-05 01:07 - 00000000 ____D () C:\ProgramData\WildTangent

C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts => Moved successfully.
Hosts was reset successfully.
C:\ProgramData\TEMP => ":D1B5B4F1" ADS removed successfully.
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\\ => value deleted successfully.
HKU\S-1-5-21-2427720773-410356047-1369373832-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\\ => value deleted successfully.
C:\windows\system32\GroupPolicy\Machine => Moved successfully.
C:\windows\system32\GroupPolicy\GPT.ini => Moved successfully.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\\{2318C2B1-4965-11D4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} => value deleted successfully.
"HKCR\CLSID\{2318C2B1-4965-11D4-9B18-009027A5CD4F}" => Key not found.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\\{7FEBEFE3-6B19-4349-98D2-FFB09D4B49CA} => value deleted successfully.
"HKCR\CLSID\{7FEBEFE3-6B19-4349-98D2-FFB09D4B49CA}" => Key not found.
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google" => Key deleted successfully.
C:\ProgramData\WildTangent => Moved successfully.
EmptyTemp: => Removed 157.1 MB temporary data.

The system needed a reboot.

==== End of Fixlog ====

  • AdwCleaner Log

# AdwCleaner v3.310 - Report created 28/09/2014 at 15:41:02
# Updated 12/09/2014 by Xplode
# Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (64 bits)
# Username : VAN HUSS - VANHUSS-PC
# Running from : C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Desktop\AdwCleaner(1).exe
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****

***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

***** [ Scheduled Tasks ] *****

***** [ Shortcuts ] *****

***** [ Registry ] *****

***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v11.0.9600.17280

-\\ Mozilla Firefox v32.0.3 (x86 en-US)

[ File : C:\Users\JohnPhantom\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\rmd6g660.default\prefs.js ]

[ File : C:\Users\VAN HUSS\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\lpua1uk0.default-1411854806055\prefs.js ]

-\\ Google Chrome v37.0.2062.124

[ File : C:\Users\JohnPhantom\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\preferences ]

[ File : C:\Users\VAN HUSS\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\preferences ]

Deleted [search Provider] : hxxp://www.istart123.com/web/?type=ds&ts=1406253060&from=irs&uid=TOSHIBAXMK7575GSX_4374C9LLTXX4374C9LLT&q={searchTerms}
Deleted [search Provider] : hxxp://search.conduit.com/Results.aspx?q={searchTerms}&SearchSource=49&CUI=UN85854601148728169&ctid=CT3225826&UM=2
Deleted [search Provider] : hxxp://www.ask.com/web?q={searchTerms}
Deleted [search Provider] : hxxp://www.istart123.com/web/?type=ds&ts=1406253060&from=irs&uid=TOSHIBAXMK7575GSX_4374C9LLTXX4374C9LLT&q={searchTerms}


AdwCleaner[R0].txt - [5655 octets] - [27/09/2014 18:07:01]
AdwCleaner[R1].txt - [2060 octets] - [27/09/2014 20:37:29]
AdwCleaner[R2].txt - [1913 octets] - [28/09/2014 15:39:45]
AdwCleaner[s0].txt - [5746 octets] - [27/09/2014 18:11:20]
AdwCleaner[s1].txt - [2133 octets] - [27/09/2014 20:39:48]
AdwCleaner[s2].txt - [1842 octets] - [28/09/2014 15:41:02]

########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[s2].txt - [1902 octets] ##########

  • Junkware Removal Tool Log

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) by Thisisu
Version: 6.2.3 (09.27.2014:1)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Ran by VAN HUSS on 28/09/2014 at 15:48:01.32

~~~ Services

~~~ Registry Values

Successfully repaired: [Registry Value] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\\Default_Page_URL

~~~ Registry Keys

~~~ Files

~~~ Folders

~~~ FireFox

Emptied folder: C:\Users\VAN HUSS\AppData\Roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles\lpua1uk0.default-1411854806055\minidumps [1 files]

~~~ Event Viewer Logs were cleared

Scan was completed on 28/09/2014 at 15:58:02.22
End of JRT log



Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 28/09/2014
Scan Time: 3:05:39 PM
Logfile: malwar 28Sept.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2014.09.28.07
Rootkit Database: v2014.09.19.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 409129
Time Elapsed: 18 min, 9 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Warn
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)



Thanks Again....

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Please reset Google Chrome by perusing this.

  • Step #6 ESET Online Scanner

    Disable your security programs which includes but not limited to anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware et cetera. Peruse this for additional information.

    • Download esetsmartinstaller_enu.exe by clicking here.
    • Right-click on the program and choose Run as administrator.
    • Accept their terms and condition and proceed.
    • Install Add-On/Active X if prompted.
    • From the Computer Scan Setting check the following box --
      • Enable detection for potentially unwanted programs
    • Click on Advanced Setting --
      • Uncheck the box beside Remove Found Threats;
      • Check the box beside Scan archives
      • Check the box beside Scan for potentially unsafe applications
      • Check the box beside Enable Anti-Stealth Technology
    • Click on Start and wait for the virus signature database to update.
    • The online scan will begin automatically and can take several hours.
      • Note: Do not touch either the Mouse or keyboard during the scan. Otherwise it may stall.
    • After the Scan finishes --
      • If no threats were found:
        • Put a checkmark in Uninstall application on close.
        • Close the program and report that nothing was found
      • If threats were found:
        • Open the file located in C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Online Scanner\log.txt (32-bit) or C:\Program Files (x86)\ESET\ESET Online Scanner\log.txt (64-bit).
        • Copy and Paste contents of the log file in your next reply.
    Note: Enable your security programs afterwards.

  • Required Log(s):
    • ESET Scan Log


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Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I ran the scan and it found 12 infected files. Here is the log:


ESETSmartInstaller@High as downloader log:
all ok
# product=EOS
# version=8
# OnlineScannerApp.exe=
# OnlineScanner.ocx=
# api_version=3.0.2
# EOSSerial=fd364ae4d7554f408289b575bbd0d4c7
# engine=20391
# end=finished
# remove_checked=false
# archives_checked=true
# unwanted_checked=true
# unsafe_checked=true
# antistealth_checked=true
# utc_time=2014-10-01 08:53:28
# local_time=2014-10-01 04:53:28 (-0500, Eastern Daylight Time)
# country="Canada"
# lang=1033
# osver=6.1.7601 NT Service Pack 1
# compatibility_mode_1=''
# compatibility_mode=5893 16776573 100 94 0 163740258 0 0
# compatibility_mode_1='ZoneAlarm Antivirus'
# compatibility_mode=9221 16777213 100 98 0 26961406 0 0
# scanned=269854
# found=12
# cleaned=0
# scan_time=7178
sh=A5528323CDD43E18F4DEB0E8191CC638B1E43F8A ft=1 fh=0ecc4e1d030a8afd vn="a variant of Win64/Systweak.A potentially unwanted application" ac=I fn="C:\AdwCleaner\Quarantine\C\windows\System32\roboot64.exe.vir"
sh=C25E453070C795849C94FCB0311ED1DDD4F7B74D ft=1 fh=a07ba6255bd749e6 vn="Win32/Toolbar.Conduit potentially unwanted application" ac=I fn="C:\Program Files (x86)\CheckPoint\Install\CUninstallerZA.exe"
sh=AD9F3DAA348EEA4E74B2FAD65EA492F32CA72339 ft=1 fh=ce06389d744632d2 vn="Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.I potentially unwanted application" ac=I fn="C:\Program Files (x86)\CheckPoint\Install\zatb.exe"
sh=6525F85F423A8ACB9DE261FCE7C1BFDCAF0651EC ft=1 fh=e751b5239200023c vn="Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google.D potentially unsafe application" ac=I fn="C:\Users\JohnPhantom\Downloads\ccsetup404.exe"
sh=59C75B45AC46FAC8C4018205544938C46B1BA631 ft=1 fh=ab462a0af6e69b03 vn="Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google.D potentially unsafe application" ac=I fn="C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Documents\ccsetup405.exe"
sh=70D34FF1C8462DB4D820198F34E07E08D148E41D ft=0 fh=0000000000000000 vn="a variant of Android/AndroidArmour.D potentially unwanted application" ac=I fn="C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Documents\samsung\Kies\Backup\SGH-I727R\SGH-I727R_+19054418391\SGH-I727R_20140613085803\Others\Download\Scan-For-Viruses-Now.apk"
sh=6525F85F423A8ACB9DE261FCE7C1BFDCAF0651EC ft=1 fh=e751b5239200023c vn="Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google.D potentially unsafe application" ac=I fn="C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Downloads\ccsetup404.exe"
sh=DD6E088E22874B283348A15DB5159C7B20CC6D22 ft=1 fh=fe9dda6ca79832a6 vn="Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google.D potentially unsafe application" ac=I fn="C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Downloads\ccsetup407.exe"
sh=0F97FB08E6FC4500F86E64D3285C171C6462BD61 ft=1 fh=acbbffe185c36761 vn="Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google.D potentially unsafe application" ac=I fn="C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Downloads\ccsetup410.exe"
sh=C662A89E2318810A6012EF702A9C39F6E0AC3B36 ft=1 fh=e8789dd77b481b56 vn="Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google.D potentially unsafe application" ac=I fn="C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Downloads\ccsetup411.exe"
sh=1DE5D70A411EBBF4441FD569E7427CC28A4D6B13 ft=1 fh=b572351b8a033ea9 vn="Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Google.D potentially unsafe application" ac=I fn="C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Downloads\ccsetup417.exe"
sh=EC1A3E0D6DFBD42A63A0EEEBE75DDBFB31A4108E ft=1 fh=f16b4e3f0b540af6 vn="Win32/Toolbar.Conduit potentially unwanted application" ac=I fn="C:\Users\VAN HUSS\Downloads\zaSetupWeb_133_209_000.exe"

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The Laptop performance seems fine but ad by notification is still there when opening a new tab in chrome or if you do a Google search - ad by notification returns. Did a  Google search - e.g. for Microsoft fixit - it seems more ad by notification are reappearing. Haven't downloaded anything just been using Google search. 

FIREFOX and IE seem to be fine (e.g. doing the same searches do not bring up any ad by notification ads. 

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I first tried logging out and resetting Chrome but that didn't work. I finally uninstalled CHROME and re-installed Chrome and that seems to have worked. I imported my bookmarks back from a backup file. I am not getting the ad by notification when I open a second tab. Going to check a few more Google searches and things but right now it looks like its GONE.... Thanks. 

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Perusing your logs, I see no infection currently present in your system. Unless you are having any issue(s), the machine appears to be Malware-free as we speak.


♣ Removal of Tools and Quarantined Files ♣

Despite the tools we have used are clean, they are powerful removal tools and made in a way so that they carry out any commands given to them without (most cases) asking for a confirmation. In the hands of an inept person, they can make the machine un-bootable -- a scenario we do not wish to see. Also, we need to remove the quarantined files/folders from your system as a dormant malware can be as bad as an active one if given the proper environment. I shall now give you the guidelines to remove the tools and the quarantined files from your system.

  • Cleanup with Delfix

    Please download DelFix by Xplode to your Desktop.

    Download Link

    • Double-click to run the program;
      • Note: Windows Vista/7/8 users right-click and choose Run as administrator
    • Make sure that all the boxes are checked;
    • Click Run;
    • A log will be opened after the operation is finished;
    • Copy and Paste it in your next reply


♣ Prevention and Future Guidelines ♣

Prevention is better than cure -- goes the old saying. As much as we love to see you visit our site, we do not want to see you having your PC infected by malwares again.

  • Keep Windows up-to-date.

    It is extremely important that you keep your operating system (Windows) updated when updates are made available. It is set to alert you, so be sure not to ignore these notices and to allow the updates to install. Many of these are critical security packages which could very possibly be the difference between your picking up a future infiltration and simply passing right by it unharmed.

  • Run antivirus software and keep it up-to-date, too.

    Antivirus software is your safety net if all other protections fail. The first line of defense is smart computing, of course, but everyone needs a backup. I'd recommend Microsoft Security Essentials or avast!, both of which are excellent, as well as free. Once they're installed, check periodically to ensure they have been successfully updating as well. An out-of-date antivirus is not a happy antivirus!

  • Keep your web browser plugins and other programs updated also.

    This tip is rarely shared by technicians and its importance is not widely recognized, but it's absolutely critical. Programs such as Java, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer, and myriad other such web-exposed items are deeply vulnerable to attack, which can quickly lead to a hopelessly infected system no matter what protection you currently have installed. The reason is that these programs are ubiquitous, but are also not perfect and are extremely complex... and as such, security vulnerabilities are discovered and exploited by hackers hoping to gain control over your machine. By performing every update for these programs as soon as it's made available, you will greatly reduce your exposure to dangerous internet threats.

    A great way to do this is to install the Filehippo Update Checker and run it regularly. Also, try not to ignore any notifications you receive regarding updates to programs already installed on your PC.

    No scripts is an excellent security device too. I like it but it is not for everyone because it requires you to take action if you want to see some things (pop ups, banners etc.) on sites you visit.

    Download NoSript by Giorgio Maone.

    Note: Sometimes you will get a site telling you that you need to install Java when actually all you need to do is enable the site through the no script icon down on the right hand side of your computer.

  • Watch out for new threat named CryptoLocker

    CryptoLocker is a new type ransomware family malware that encrypts your important files and asks for a ransom to decrypt them. At the moment of posting this reply there are no tools that can undo the havoc this malware causes. We can help you to remove the malware from your system but the files that was encrypted cannot be recovered without the decryption key. So, I ask for your forbearance and practice constant vigilance. Please read the following article to acknowledge yourself about the safety measures.

    How to prevent your computer from becoming infected by CryptoLocker.

  • And last of all, surf smart.

    It doesn't matter how well the autopilot system works if the pilot keeps flying the plane into mountain ranges. Don't forget that no matter how much you have protecting yourself, your security ultimately begins and ends with you. Don't visit dangerous or questionable web sites, avoid suspicious links on Facebook and emails/email attachments you're unsure about, and just generally keep your wits about you, and you'll be much safer. Also, avoid illegal downloads, cracks, "warez", and all other too-good-to-be-true internet offerings: they're typically laden with malware. Be smart and you can avoid most threats lurking about the darker corners of the internet! And for even more tips, see our article, How Did I Get Infected in the First Place?



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