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Hi Malware Byte Helpers,


  • I've had trouble removing optional.nowuseeitplayer from my Windows 10 laptopm
  • ISP tells me I'm making DDoS attacks
  • Latest update of MalwareBytes has found infection twice so it seems to be coming back



  • FRST.txt
  • Addition.txt


Thank you greatly for any help you can offer.


Kind regards,




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Hello and :welcome:
If you've not already done so please start here and post back the 2 log files FRST.txt and Addition.txt

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Can you post the Malwarebytes' scan logs please? 


Also, are you using / connected to a Synology NAS storage device?

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FIRST >>>>

Since the infection is coming back after MBAM removes it, you might want to test if Google Drive or the NAS is restoring the setting in the background.  Disconnect those two 'services', clean with MBAM and then see if the infection comes back.

Also, System Restore is disabled on your machine.  If this is something you did not do and want enabled, then go to Start Menu, type system restore in the search box (or blank area of the Start Menu) and click on Set a Restore Point.  This should open the System Properties window and load the System Protection tab where you can start the System Restore utility.  Let me know if there are any problems with this.


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

NOTE. It's important that both files, FRST64 and fixlist.txt are in the same location or the fix will not work.

NOTICE: This script was written specifically for this user, for use on that particular machine. Running this on another machine may cause damage to your operating system

Run FRST64 by right clicking on the FRST64.exe file, selecting "Run as Administrator..".  The User Account Control may open up; if it does, select Yes to continue to let FRST open and load.  

The tool will check for an updated version of itself every time it loads; please allow it to do this and the program will either inform you it is downloading an updated copy (and to wait until it is safe to continue) or show that it is ready to use (meaning there is no update found) and you can continue on.  Press the Fix button just once and wait.  The tool will create a restore point, process the script and ask for a restart of your system.


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 (Fixlog.txt). Please post the log in your next reply.

LAST >>>>

AdwCleaner by Xplode

Download AdwCleaner from here or from here. Save the file to the desktop.

NOTE: If you are using IE 8 or above you may get a warning that stops the program from downloading. Just click on the warning and allow the download to complete.

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  • On reboot a log will be produced please copy / paste that in your next reply. This report is also saved to C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[C#].txt


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Hi <dbreeze>,


Didn't find a trace of ad/mal/etc-ware in any scans.  So hopefully it is gone.

FIRST >>>>

  • I reckon I've got rid of Google Drive I think it got bundled with a Chrome installation (didn't want it so uninstalled it)
  • Turned off the NAS





LAST >>>>

AdwCleaner FOUND NO THREATS - log file attached - AdwCleanerS1.txt


Jumpovitae comments:

Is it worth trying to scan the Synology NAS? I think it runs a type of Linux, I don't know




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I would give it a few days to see if the problem comes back and then try scanning the NAS data files with Avast! .  Depending on the size of the data stored there it could take a long time.  Also check if there is any updates to the 'firmware / OS' in the NAS as last year there was a exploitable vulnerability in the Synology NAS.


Let me know how things go for you as I am going to leave this open a few days just in case.  Thanks.

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  • 3 weeks later...
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