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Adwcleaner claims GoogleUpdate.exe reg key is malware

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Not sure if this is the right forum for something that only involves AdwCleaner. Should I try BleepingComputer instead? Anyway here goes...


I ran Adwcleaner on two different computers. Both came up with the same results in the following log:


# AdwCleaner v4.001 - Report created 29/10/2014 at 11:06:33# Updated 20/10/2014 by Xplode# Database : 2014-10-26.6# Operating System : Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (64 bits)# Username : lausd_administrator - LIBGIGABYTEPC# Running from : J:\Software\Windows\Antivirus\AdwCleaner.exe# Option : Scan***** [ Services ] ********** [ Files / Folders ] ********** [ Scheduled Tasks ] ********** [ Shortcuts ] ********** [ Registry ] *****Key Found : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\GoogleUpdate.exe***** [ Browsers ] *****-\\ Internet Explorer v0.0.0.0-\\ Mozilla Firefox v32.0.1 (x86 en-US)-\\ Google Chrome v38.0.2125.111*************************AdwCleaner[R0].txt - [772 octets] - [29/10/2014 11:06:33]########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[R0].txt - [831 octets] ##########

It seems to have deleted GoogleUpdate or something hiding as GoogleUpdate. I guess it was legit as GoogleUpdate no longer appears in the startup tab of msconfig.exe.


Is this a false positive or something I should actually worry about?

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Hello and :welcome: :


We can't work on malware diagnostics and removal in this sub-section of the forum.

So, I suggest that you please follow the advice in this pinned topic: Available Assistance For Possibly Infected Computers.
It explains the options for free, expert help >>AND<< the preliminary steps to expedite the process.
A malware analyst will assist you with looking into your issue.


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