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I am trying to remove what Malwarebytes called HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\TweakBit\ATPopups   and ...ATUpdaters

 

I found in regedit the path starting with "HKEY," instead of "HKLM"

I've got Windows 7; system type "x64-based PC"; system directory "C:\Windows|system32.

 

Can I remove TweakBit\ATPopups and ATUpdaters from the pathway in regedit that starts with "HKEY"?

 

With thanks for your help,

Ukele

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Thank you, cjb!

 

So the warning I get from Malwarebytes that two HKLM items may be threats or unwanted programmes can be ignored, it seems. I have deleted in regedit the HKEY paths. But they reappear every time I log on. I shall stop quarantining and deleting  :) !

 

Thank you again,

ukele

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Hello and :welcome:

Please read the following and post back the logs when ready and we'll see about getting you cleaned up.

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STEP 0

RKill is a program that was developed at BleepingComputer.com that attempts to terminate known malware processes

so that your normal security software can then run and clean your computer of infections.

When RKill runs it will kill malware processes and then removes incorrect executable associations and fixes policies

that stop us from using certain tools. When finished it will display a log file that shows the processes that were

terminated while the program was running.

As RKill only terminates a program's running process, and does not delete any files, after running it you should not reboot

your computer as any malware processes that are configured to start automatically will just be started again.

Instead, after running RKill you should immediately scan your computer using the requested scans I've included.

Please download Rkill by Grinler from one of the links below and save it to your desktop.

Link 1

Link 2

  • On Windows XP double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.
  • On Windows Vista/Windows 7 or 8, right-click on the Rkill desktop icon and select Run As Administrator
  • A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.
  • If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.
  • If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.
  • If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.
  • Do not reboot the computer, you will need to run the application again.
STEP 01

Backup the Registry:

Modifying the Registry can create unforeseen problems, so it always wise to create a backup before doing so.

  • Please download ERUNT from one of the following links: Link1 | Link2 | Link3
  • ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) is a free program that allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.
  • Double click on erunt-setup.exe to Install ERUNT by following the prompts.
  • NOTE: Do not choose to allow ERUNT to add an Entry to the Startup folder. Click NO.
  • Start ERUNT either by double clicking on the desktop icon or choosing to start the program at the end of the setup process.
  • Choose a location for the backup.
    • Note: the default location is C:\Windows\ERDNT which is acceptable.
  • Make sure that at least the first two check boxes are selected.
  • Click on OK
  • Then click on YES to create the folder.
  • Note: if it is necessary to restore the registry, open the backup folder and start ERDNT.exe
STEP 02

Please run a Threat Scan with MBAM. If you're unable to run or complete the scan as shown below please see the following: MBAM Clean Removal Process 2x

When reinstalling the program please try the latest version.

Right click and choose "Run as administrator" to open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and from the Dashboard please Check for Updates by clicking the Update Now... link

Open up Malwarebytes > Settings > Detection and Protection > Enable Scan for rootkit and Under Non Malware Protection set both PUP and PUM to Treat detections as malware.

Click on the SCAN button and run a Threat Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking the Scan Now>> button.

Once completed please click on the History > Application Logs and find your scan log and open it and then click on the "copy to clipboard" button and post back the results on your next reply.

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Thank you for this useful response. 

 

Rkill seems to confirm that I can ignore the warning about potentially unwanted TweakBit programmes:

 

Rkill 2.8.1 by Lawrence Abrams (Grinler)
Copyright 2008-2015 BleepingComputer.com
More Information about Rkill can be found at this link:
 
Program started at: 08/19/2015 06:45:51 PM in x64 mode.
Windows Version: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1
 
Checking for Windows services to stop:
 
 * No malware services found to stop.
 
Checking for processes to terminate:
 
 * No malware processes found to kill.
 
Checking Registry for malware related settings:
 
 * No issues found in the Registry.
 
Resetting .EXE, .COM, & .BAT associations in the Windows Registry.
 
Performing miscellaneous checks:
 
 * Windows Defender Disabled
 
   [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender]
   "DisableAntiSpyware" = dword:00000001
 
Checking Windows Service Integrity: 
 
 * Windows Defender (WinDefend) is not Running.
   Startup Type set to: Manual
 
Searching for Missing Digital Signatures: 
 
 * No issues found.
 
Checking HOSTS File: 
 
 * No issues found.
 
Program finished at: 08/19/2015 06:46:50 PM
Execution time: 0 hours(s), 0 minute(s), and 59 seconds(s)
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The provided logs do not show this threat.

 

Scan Date: 19/08/2015
Scan Time: 23:29

 

Please restart you computer and then run MBAM and check for updates using an Administrative level account. Then do a Threat Scan and save that new log and post it back please.

 

Thanks

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Sorry, but that is not possible. Having got disenchanted I did not renew my subscription. I was willing to help with what might be of interest to you, but not willing to renew the subscription. I might return at some future date, but I have not quite got to that point yet.

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Not sure what you mean. The  free version of the program still scans, detects, and removes infection. The Premium versions add realtime protection and automated updates but otherwise works the same.

 

If you still want help please do as requested and I'll be more than happy to help assist you with any malware related issues.

 

Thanks

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Okay the fact that it keeps coming back would indicate that either some process is blocking it or restoring it. Let's do a bit more cleaning of the system.

 

 

Please go ahead and run through the following steps and post back the logs when ready.
 
STEP 04
Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.

  • Shutdown your antivirus to avoid any conflicts.
  • Right click over JRT.exe and select Run as administrator on Windows Vista or Windows 7, double-click on XP.
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete.
  • On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next reply message
  • When completed make sure to re-enable your antivirus

STEP 05
Lets clean out any adware now: (this will require a reboot so save all your work)

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.


  • Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
    Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator
  • Click on the Scan button.
  • AdwCleaner will begin...be patient as the scan may take some time to complete.
  • When it's done you'll see: Pending: Please uncheck elements you don't want removed.
  • Now click on the Report button...a logfile (AdwCleaner[R0].txt) will open in Notepad for review.
  • Look over the log especially under Files/Folders for any program you want to save.
  • If there's a program you may want to save, just uncheck it from AdwCleaner.
  • If you're not sure, post the log for review. (all items found are adware/spyware/foistware)
  • If you're ready to clean it all up.....click the Clean button.
  • After rebooting, a logfile report (AdwCleaner[s0].txt) will open automatically.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
  • A copy of that logfile will also be saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder.
  • Items that are deleted are moved to the Quarantine Folder: C:\AdwCleaner\Quarantine
  • To restore an item that has been deleted:
  • Go to Tools > Quarantine Manager > check what you want restored > now click on Restore.

STEP 06
Please open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and from the Dashboard please Check for Updates by clicking the Update Now... link
Open up Malwarebytes > Settings > Detection and Protection > Enable Scan for rootkits, Under Non Malware Protection set both PUP and PUM to Treat detections as malware.
Click on the SCAN button and run a Threat Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking the Scan Now>> button. Remove any threats found
Once completed please click on the History > Application Logs and find your scan log and open it and then click on the "copy to clipboard" button and post back the results on your next reply.


STEP 07
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Please go here to run the online antivirus scannner from ESET.


  • Turn off the real time scanner of any existing antivirus program while performing the online scan
  • Tick the box next to YES, I accept the Terms of Use.
  • Click Start
  • When asked, allow the activex control to install
  • Click Start
  • Make sure that the option Remove found threats is unticked
  • Click on Advanced Settings and ensure these options are ticked:
    • Scan for potentially unwanted applications
    • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
    • Enable Anti-Stealth Technology
  • Click Scan
  • Wait for the scan to finish
  • If any threats were found, click the 'List of found threats' , then click Export to text file....
  • Save it to your desktop, then please copy and paste that log as a reply to this topic.

STEP 08
Please download the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatibale with your system. You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit


  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press the Scan button.
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
  • The first time the tool is run, it also makes another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply as well.

 

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Thank you for the homework  :) !

 

The Junkware Removal tool (JRT log file) did not find any problems.

 

The AdwCleaner found stuff, mainly related to Tweakbit Driver Updater, which I believe I need. So I unticked everything. (AdwCleaner S3 file)

 

The ESET Onlinescan found and dealt with 32 infected files (ESET 22-08)

 

The Farbar Recovery Scan Tool is barred by Norton even with Firewall and Auto-Protection disabled. So I could not complete this task.

 

In anticipation ...

JRT.txt

AdwCleanerS3.txt

ESET 22-08.txt

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Problem solved!

 

Thank you for all your help. I solved the problem the easy way by getting rid of Tweakbit: uninstalled, deleted in regedit and in downloads after finding complaints that match and surpass mine. One site suggests that driver updaters are unnecessary, anyway. If I do feel the need for one in future I shall visit the review page (http://driver-update-software-review.toptenreviews.com/) first, which at the moment recommends Driver Detective.

 

I am sorry it took me so long to recognize that I had a completely irrational fixation with Tweakbit.

 

With  many thanks,

Ukele

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I would highly recommend that you do not use any automated driver update programs. Most come with PUP or other unwanted privacy invasion tactics, etc. If the computer is working well there is no need to update. Unless there is a security issue with the driver (very rare) then why update. I would recommend you use the Manufacturers Web page to check on updates if you think you need one or are having some issue. Automated update programs are typically much more trouble than what they claim to be fixing.

 

 

At this time there are no more signs of an infection on your system.
However if you are still seeing any signs of an infection please let me know.

Let's go ahead and remove the tools and logs we've used during this process.

Most of the tools used are potentially dangerous to use unsupervised or if ran at the wrong time.
They are often updated daily so if you went to use them again in the future they would be outdated anyways.

The following procedures will implement some cleanup procedures to remove these tools.
 
bwebb7v.jpgDownload Delfix from here and save it to your desktop. (you may already have this)

  • Ensure Remove disinfection tools is checked.
  • Click the Run button.
  • Reboot

Any other programs or logs that are still remaining, you can manually delete. (right click.....Delete)
IE: RogueKiller.exe, RKreport.txt, RK_Quarantine folder, C:\FRST folder, FRST-OlderVersion folder, MBAR folder, etc....AdwCleaner > just run the program and click uninstall.


 
If there are any other left over Folders, Files, Logs then you can delete them on your own.
 
Please visit the following link to see how to delete old System Restore Points. Please delete all of them and create a new one at this time.
How to Delete System Protection Restore Points in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Remove all but the most recent Restore Point on Windows XP


As Java seems to get exploited on a regular basis I advise not using Java if possible but to at least disable java in your web browsers
How do I disable Java in my web browser? - Disable Java

A lot of reading here but if you take the time to read a bit of it you'll see why/how infections and general damage are so easily inflicted on the computer. There is also advice on how to prevent it and keep the system working well. Don't forget about good, solid backups of your data to an external drive that is not connected except when backing up your data. If you leave a backup drive connected and you do get infected it can easily damage, encrypt, delete, or corrupt your backups as well and then you'd lose all data.
Nothing is 100% bulletproof but with a little bit of education you can certainly swing things in your favor.


If you're not currently using Malwarebytes Premium then you may want to consider purchasing the product which can also help greatly reduce the risk of a future infection.
 

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Thank you for all the useful information and links!

 

Yes, I shall keep away from driver update programs. I removed the tools and logs we've used and have taken the tick out of the box for hiding the file endings. I got rid of the restoration points, and for good measure, I deleted all backups. After having started with a new system image and a new first backup, I thought I should have scanned for infections first. So I scanned the external hard drive after the backup. Norton found and treated 10 infections. But when I scanned the "C" drive, no infections were found or treated. I shall scan all USB sticks and CDs ... and make sure I follow your advice, only to connect these with the PC while saving or collecting files. I've bookmarked the instructive site for Prevention of Malware Infection. 

 

I shall save your post for future reference.

With man thanks for your patience and your generous help,

 

Ukele

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Glad we could help. :)

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