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While updating my friends Computer I found different PUP.Optional. like:








I ran MalwareByte then AdwCleaner and FRST (64). All log Files are attached. For your Help I thank you already utmost in advance.


with kindest 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

P2P/Piracy Warning:

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or similar you must either fully uninstall them or completely disable them from running while being assisted here.

Failure to remove or disable such software will result in your topic being closed and no further assistance being provided.

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. on the system, please remove or uninstall them now and read the policy on

Before we proceed further, please read all of the following instructions carefully.
If there is anything that you do not understand kindly ask before proceeding.
If needed please print out these instructions.

  • Please do not post logs using CODE, QUOTE, or FONT tags. Just paste them as direct text.
  • If the log is too large then you can use attachments by clicking on the More Reply Options button.
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  • Removing malware can be unpredictable...It is unlikely but things can go very wrong! Please make sure you Backup all files that cannot be replaced if something were to happen. You can copy them to a CD/DVD, external drive or a pen drive
  • Please don't run any other scans, download, install or uninstall any programs unless requested by me while I'm working with you.
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  • Perform everything in the correct order. Sometimes one step requires the previous one.
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  • When we are done, I'll give you instructions on how to cleanup all the tools and logs
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Download the attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop.

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.




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Hi Dbreeze

I am so sorry I could not post the FRST64 Fixlog earlier. As FRST64.exe was in the Downloads Folder I put the Fixlist.txt into the Download Folder aswell ticked the Addition.txt and pressed the Fix Button as shown on the screenshot. I thank you utmost for your wonderful and prompt help, also on behalf of my friend, to whom the affected Laptop belongs. Below you find the Fixlist.txt. Thank you so much.




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Best to put all the new downloaded tools on the desktop; we will clean them off of there when finished. 

FIRST >>>>

Junkware Removal Tool
Please download JRT from here to your desktop.

Note: Temporarily disable/shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts, how to do so can be read here.

Double click the JRT.exe file to run the application.

The application will open an Command Prompt window and run from there (this is normal for this program, so not to be alarmed).

When it is asked, press any key to allow the program to continue / run.

This will create a log on the desktop; please copy and paste the JRT.txt log text in your next post.

Note: After the log file is created, please enable your protection software / reboot your system and verify your protection software is enabled.


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.

Close all open windows and browsers.

Vista/7/8 users: Right click the AdwCleaner icon on the desktop, click Run as administrator and accept the UAC prompt to run AdwCleaner.
You will see the following console:

Click the Scan button and wait for the scan to finish.

After the Scan has finished the window may or may not show what it found and above, in the progress bar, you will see: Waiting for action. Please uncheck elements you don't want to remove.

Click the Clean button.

Everything checked will be deleted.

When the program has finished cleaning a report appears.

Once done it will ask to reboot, allow this

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

NOTE: If you see AVG Secure Search being targeted for deletion, Here's Why and Here. You can always Reinstall it.

LAST >>>>

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Please start Malwarebytes AntiMalware from either the Start menu or Desktop shortcut.

When the main screen opens, if the database is out of date, you can click on the Fix Now banner or the Update Now link

Once the program has loaded and updated, select "Scan Now >>" to start the scan.

The scan may take some time to finish, so please be patient.

If any malware is found, you will be presented with a screen like the one below.

If any malware is found, make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
When the scan is complete, click View detailed log >> to view the results.
The report screen will open.
At the bottom click on Export and select as txt file, save the file to your desktop and click OK.  When the export is complete, select OPEN.
The log file will be opened in your default text file viewer (usually Notepad); select the whole text (Ctrl + A) and copy (Ctrl + c) it to paste here in a reply.


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Dear Dbreeze

Today I did run the JRT / adwcleaner and the Malwarebytes (MBAM) Programm. Please find attached the Logs of the JRT and the Adwcleaner. MBAM did not create a Log (or at least I did not find one. Detected Objects were 0. I thank you utmost for all your precious help utmost also on behalf of my friend.





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Dear Dbreeze

No. So far everything is running very fast. Even startup time of Windows is now faster than it was before. i can not thnak you enough for helping me and my friend. Thank you so much.


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All right!! :D Your logs are clean and you're good to go now!! :lol: We've got some final steps left to do to clean up our tools and get your system in good running condition and then you are on your way. I must say though, even though we met through less than ideal circumstances, it has been really great to work with you. :) Just run through the steps from the Cleanup of Tools to the Program Update Checker. That's it. Thanks. :cool:

Clean up of Malware Removal Tools
Now that we are through using these tools, let's clean them off your system so that should you ever need to have malware removed again (we hope not) fresh, updated copies will be downloaded.

  • Download Delfix from here or here to your desktop and double click it to start the program
  • Ensure Remove disinfection tools is ticked
    Also tick:
  • Activate UAC
  • Create registry backup
  • Purge system restore
  • Reset system settings
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  • Click Run
  • The program will run for a few moments and then notepad will open with a log. Please paste the log in your next reply.

You can delete any log files left on your desktop as these are no longer needed.

Keep Windows Updated
Microsoft issues updates to Windows to close vulnerabilities as they are discovered. Staying updated helps protect your system from current exploits.

  • Click Start and then click Control Panel.
  • Click on the View by: in the upper right corner and select Large Icons (you can change this back later if you like).
  • Scroll down and click on Windows Update.
  • Click on Change settings.
  • Under Important Updates, click on Install updates automatically (recommended).
  • Select (click on) the other options on this page.
  • Select a day and time to have windows install the updates.
  • Click on Ok to change the settings.
  • If you want to change the view of the Control Panel display, click on the View by: in the upper right hand corner and select an option you prefer.

Keep other Important Programs Updated
Along with keeping Windows updated, it is a good idea to keep important programs updated. Java and Adobe Reader both need to be kept updated to the latest versions; malware writers utilize exploits in the unpatched versions to their advantages.

Most security experts and the US CERT (part of the US Homeland Security) now recommend that users uninstall Java from their systems; if you don't have any programs that need Java on your system, you are safe to do this. You can read some of the articles on this here and here. I strongly suggest you uninstall Java unless you need it run certain software; in that case I would recommend that you disable or unplug Java from your web browsers and only enable it when you need it.

To disable / unplug Java in your browsers:

To uninstall Java (on Win7):

  • Click Start and then click Control Panel.
  • If you need to, click View by: and select either Large Icons or Small Icons.
  • Click on Programs and Features.
  • Scroll down until you find Java and click on it to select that program.
  • (Older versions of Java may appear in the program list as J2SE, Java 2, Java SE or Java Runtime Environment.)
  • Click Uninstall.
  • If more than one version of Java shows in your program list, you should repeat the selection and uninstall until all of them are removed.

To check for the latest version of Java and installation steps:

  • Go to java.com and click on Do I have Java?.
  • On the next page, click on Verify Java Version.
  • If you get a security pop up entitled "Do you want to run this application?" with the Name: Java Detection and Publisher: Oracle America, Inc., click Run.
  • Follow the recommendations (if any) on the results screen.
  • If there is a new version (or none at all on your system), there will be a button on the page showing Agree and Start Free Download. Click on it to update or install Java.
  • The site will start a download of jxpiinstall.exe. Save the file to your desktop.
  • When the download is finished, close your browser.
  • Right click on the jxpiinstall.exe and select Run as Administrator.
  • On the opening window, check Change destination folder and then click Install>.
  • The program will now download the rest of the files needed to install Java.
  • On the Destination Folder window, click Next>.
  • On the next window, the install will present you the option of adding additional software (this is known as Foistware).
  • Uncheck the Set and keep Ask as my default search provider.
  • Uncheck the Install the Ask Toolbar.
  • Click Next> to finish the install.
  • When the installation is finished, you will be taken to a web page that will check to see if Java is working properly.

Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader is the second most targeted (by malware) common software. If all you ever do with Adobe Reader is view PDF files, then please consider replacing it with a lighter, free PDF reader that is not exploitable. One that I recommend is Sumatra PDF.

To update Adobe Reader:

  • Launch your Adobe Reader.
  • Click Help and then click on About Adobe Reader from the menu list.
  • If the version is 11.0.10 then you are up to date. If it is less than this and you are keeping Adobe Reader, you should update to the latest version.
  • The best place to get Adobe Reader is from Adobe (click on Adobe to go there now).
  • Click on Download in the menu bar on top of the Adobe web page.
  • Click on Adobe Reader in the list on the right hand side of the page.
  • On the next page, click on the check mark (to turn it off) beside the option to include the McAfee scanner in the download and install. Make sure the check is NOT marked (this is another example of Foistware).
  • Click the Install Now button and follow the directions on next page.
  • If you are prompted to Save the installer file, choose to save it to your desktop. Once it is saved, right click on the file and select Run as Administrator.
  • When the installation is finished, you can delete the installer file on your desktop.

Consider a program that will check for out-of-date programs on your system
Some programs don't have update checks built in or make you run the application to start the check for updates process. An easier way to stay on top of the current versions of your installed programs is to use a version checking program like Heimdal Free from Heimdal Security (you can get the software from here and read more about it on the same page).

You are now done! :D :D:D:D

Now some information on programs to help keep you safe:

Along with Malwarebytes Antimalware, use the following as a base level security:

First, an Antivirus program. You NEED one; free is just as good as paid-for as long as you keep them updated. ONLY use one at a time as having more than that will cause system problems. Here are some free ones to check out:
Microsoft Security Essentials
Avast! Free Antivirus

Next, a firewall is a must have now-a-days. The built in firewall in Windows 7 is fine (just make sure it is turned on (Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall)). Or, if you like, you could choose one of the free ones listed here:
Zone Alarm Free Firewall - installer includes foistware so read the options very carefully

=== options ====
Unchecky is a small service that runs in the background to help keep those "extra toolbars" and tag along search engines from automatically installing. By automatically directing you to a custom install with all the options unchecked, only what you manually choose and confirm gets installed.

CryptoPrevent is a free program that prevents CryptoLocker / ransomware from infecting your PC by locking down the OS so the malware can not get a grip on your system. You can read the details about this program here.

Lastly, if you use Firefox as your main web browser, consider adding the NoScript and AdBlockPlus add-ons to the browser to block scripting hijacks and remove unwanted ads from the pages you view.

You may also find some information and tips at this thread:
How did I get infected in the first place?
COMPUTER SECURITY - a short quide to staying safer online


Please come back and paste the DelFix.txt log when you can. After that, if you have no more questions, you are good to go. Surf safe, my friend!!


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Dear Dbreeze 

Thank you so much for all your precious help. I will do the recommended steps you wrote about on teamviever since the computer is now back with my friend. I already have the next infected computer..... But for this I will open a new topic. Thank you so much from both of us.

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  • Root Admin

Glad we could help. :)If you need this topic reopened, please send a Private Message to any one of the moderating team members. Please include a link to this thread with your request. This applies only to the originator of this thread.Other members who need assistance please start your own topic in a new thread. Thanks!

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