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Hijack.SearchBar and adwcleaner


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After running a Malwarebytes (free edition) scan on Windows Vista desktop, a piece of malware named "Hijack.SearchBar" was discovered along with 6 PUPs. I did a little research and found that the file is likely adware slowing down the computer (probably downloaded secretly along with some other dowload). During my research, I found that I should run adwcleaner first. Is this correct?


Well, I ran adwcleaner's scan after downloading it and found many files marked for deletion, and adwcleaner instructed me to uncheck any files I didn't wish to delete. I know a bit about computers, but I wouldn't consider myself "computer savy." Thus, I wanted to know if adwcleaner will accidentally delete any important or critical files. Will it delete files I want? I only ask because some files/folders in the "C:\" directory were marked for deletion which seemed important (e.g. "C:\reboot.exe").


P.S. Sorry if all of this sounds silly. As I mentioned, I don't have a lot of computer knowledge.

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Hello and :welcome: :


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

So, for expert assistance, 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 guide you through the scanning and cleanup process.

Until then, it's probably best NOT to "self-medicate" -- use of powerful malware removal tools without expert guidance can damage the system and complicate recovery.


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