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Infected from "Office Toolkit 2.5.4"

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Hello All,


I have an infected pc that I need some help with.  I have a BRAND NEW HP Envy notebook that JUST purchased and my SON messed it up already!!!  While I was at work, he thought he'd surprise me by installing Office 2013 (at least that's the story I'm getting).  But he tried to install a program called Office Toolkit 2.5.4 to install Office, but when he stated installing the toolkit, it started installing a bunch of other stuff.


I disabled all the new stuff I could find in Startup so it would start up again, then ran through a group of scanners that he said should clean it up.  They seem to clean up all the installed programs, but not entirely resolve all the problems-- I seem to still have two major issues:


             a) I can't re-enable Windows Defender.
            b)  when I look in my folders, I find many of the important folders are shown as SHORTCUTS, and when I try to open them, I can't access them.

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Sorry, I hit the wrong button before I was finished (still getting use to the new keyboard).


I tried the following to clean my system:  

1. cleared my TEMP folder.

2. Ran TDSS KIller.

3.  RKill.

4.  MBAM.

5. HitMan Pro.

6. Adware Cleaner.

7. Rogue Killer.

8. Emissoft.


After running the various scanners I ran the FarBar scanner (but didn't run the FIX).  If you let me know how to post them, I can send the two txt files (First & Additional).  I can also supply snapshots of the folders with the shortcuts if they would be helpful.



Any help you could offer would be appreciated.

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They call me TwinHeadedEagle around here, and I'll try to help your with your issue.




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Please attach both FRST reports.

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Hi TwinHeadedEagle-- Thanks for replying to my inquiry.  I didn't see how to attached the files the first time, but found how to now, so they should be attached to this post.


I read over your "UA" and understand you may only be able to help to a point.  Based on the various scanners I've run (before running BarFar scanner) I don't think I'm infected anymore unless there's something really hidden deep that they can't get to.  I think the only issue remaining is getting my Windows Defender turned back on, and and fixing the the folder permissions.  So if you find you can't help, I'll understand.  Since the PC was new, I figured as a last resort, I could just reinstall everything again-- but I was hoping to avoid that since I finally got all the Windows updates installed.  But I want to upgrade it to Windows 10, so I need to make sure it's clean.


As far as any ill-legit stuff, as far as I know there isn't anything (except maybe anything the virus may have installed-- but if it is, I'd like to know that too).


About the folder permissions (In case it might be helpful)... I noticed in the folders that I can't access anymore that they all have a SECOND "everyone" user added to them with DENY access.


Thanks again for your assistance.  I look forward to hearing from you...JEB



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FRST.gif Fix with Farbar Recovery Scan Tool

icon_exclaim.gif This fix was created for this user for use on that particular machine. icon_exclaim.gif

icon_exclaim.gif Running it on another one may cause damage and render the system unstable. icon_exclaim.gif

Download attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop:

Both files, FRST and fixlist.txt have to be in the same location or the fix will not work!

  • Right-click on FRST.gif icon and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.

    (XP users click run after receipt of Windows Security Warning - Open File).

  • Press the Fix button just once and wait.
  • If for some reason the tool needs a restart, please make sure you let the system restart normally. After that let the tool complete its run.
  • When finished FRST will generate a log on the Desktop, called Fixlog.txt.
Please upload it to your reply.

JRTbythisisu.png Fix with Junkware Removal Tool

Please download JRT by Thisisu and save the file to your desktop.

Temporary disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware protection - instructions here.

  • Right-click on JRTbythisisu.png icon and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.
  • Follow the prompts and let this process run uninterrupted.
  • This scan can take a while, depending on your System specs.
  • Upon completion, a log (JRT.txt) will open on your desktop.
Please include the contents of that file in your reply.

Do not forget to re-enable your previously switched off protection software!

Please also manually reboot your machine after this procedure.


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Hello,  Thanks again for the assistance!


Sorry for the delay in replying.  I had to go out of town on business unexpectedly.


When I returned booted my notebook back up today, Windows started installing a bunch more updates including the latest MSRT (it took over an hour before finally booting back into windows again).   So is it still OK to run fixlist?  Will it hurt to run it if MSRT made any changes?


Thanks again...JEB

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