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Symantec Endpoint Protection notified me I have this infection. Can see it running in Task Manager (COM surrogates). Symantec cannot remove, downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and it did not clean but is blocking Malicious Websites. Norton Power Eraser did not find and clean nor did SparkTrust or Spy Hunter. Have attached the FRST Files. Also, seems to include Adclicker and fff5ee. 

 

Mike

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Hello MWMiller, welcome to Malwarebytes' Malware Removal forum!

My username is LiquidTension, but you can call me Adam. I will be assisting you with your malware-related problems.
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Due to the nature of one of the infections present on your machine, I must ensure you are aware of the following. Please read the warning below, let me know what you think and how you wish to proceed. 
 

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One or more of the identified infections is known to use a backdoor, that allows attackers to remotely control your computer, download/execute files and steal critical system, financial and personal information.

If your computer was used for online banking, has credit card information or other sensitive data, using a non-infected computer/device you should immediately change all account information (including those used for banking, Email, eBay, Paypal, online forums, etc).

Banking and credit card institutions should be notified of the possible security breach immediately. Please read the following article for more information: How Do I Handle Possible Identify Theft, Internet Fraud and CC Fraud?

Whilst the identified infection(s) can be removed, there is no way to guarantee the trustworthiness of your computer unless you reformat your Hard Drive and reinstall your Operating System. This is due to the nature of the infection, which allows the attacker remote control over the machine. Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of malware, the best course of action is to reformat/reinstall. Please read the following articles for more information.

You now have the choice between cleaning the infection(s) present or reformatting your computer. Ultimately, this decision is personal, and down to you and what you're most comfortable with. Please let me know how you wish to proceed, and if you have any questions.
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Please use my first name, Mike. After reading your post I think I will do as you recommend and reformat the computer. HP loaded recovery information on drive D, hopefully it is not infected. Will need a day or so to back up files and use another computer to change all of my Passwords. Will send an update when I have completed this, hopefully by the end of today.

 

Mike

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Adam

 

Backed up my computer, formatted the drive, and reloaded the factory operating system. This seems to have cured the infection, but of course I am now reloading all the programs, etc that I had added over time.

Thanks for the support. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Symantec Endpoint protection on the clean operating system so hopefully this will not happen again.

 

Mike

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No problem at all, Mike. 

 
I have compiled below a list of resources you may find useful. The articles document information on computer security, common infection vectors and how you can stay safe on the Internet.

The following programmes come highly recommended in the security community.

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