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Hello Malwarebytes. I am suspecting that my PC is ratted because it wont go to sleep anymore (it wakes up again), my mom saw it yesterday going from screensaver to login screen and typing 4 characters in the pw field - my PC pw is 4 chars long....

I am booting from a SSD and I have a HDD also. Even though I reinstalled Win7 from Scratch recently, this is happening...

I scanned my system with ESET and Malwarebytes, both say I'm clean. What should i do?

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:welcome:    Hello Keemstar.


I will be guiding you as we go forward.  I do need to see other diagnostic information from this system, so that I can see about pinning down the source of this issue.
I would like to ask that you always attach any report or file I ask for, from time to time.

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Please do a Threat & Rootkit Scan:
Start the Anti-Malware program.
Please look at the Dashboard screen. Would you please press the blue line marked Update  and let it update itself.

Click the Settings icon ( on the top bar) > then click Detection and Protection subtab, Detection Options, tick the box 'Scan for rootkits'.
Click on the Scan icon ( up on the top row ), then click on Start Scan button >> .

A Threat Scan will begin.

With _some infections_, you may see this message box.
'Could not load DDA driver'
Click 'Yes' to this message, to allow the driver to load after a restart.
Allow the computer to restart.    ( as needed )

Continue with the rest of these instructions.

When the scan is complete, be sure to press Review results and look at all of the listed items ( if any ).
It there are found items, be sure to have each line item check-box marked with a check-mark  in order to remove them.
click REMOVE Selected button.

Wait for the prompt to restart the computer to appear ( if any ), then click on Yes.
After the scan has completed, Click on the History tab > Application Logs.
Double click on the scan log which shows the Date and time of the scan just performed.
Click the EXPORT button at the bottom left.
Click TEXT file
Be very aware as to what folder and what NAME you give this report.  You have to make a note so you can send it.

Then attach that file with your next reply.


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The FRST reports are normal.  And the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scn reported no malware.  Those are all good.

This pc does have ESET NOD32 Antivirus, a very fine antivirus.  What has it said the last time you scanned?
Do a new scan with ESET today  and let me know the result.

One cannot just assert some sort of infection when no security app has reported one.

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Awareness  of the situations is good.   But too much F U D  is not always a good thing.

Adware is not malware.

Adware can be a very real nuisance and very difficult to remove.
While we do identify and remove some adware variants, our main focus is on malware so there are many adware variants that we do not target (mostly for legal reasons as they do have a eula and an opt out feature in most cases)


Please run the following:

Please download AdwCleaner and save it to your desktop.
from this link

ATTENTION: After you click the Download Now button, another page will open - DO NOT CLICK any additional 'download now' buttons as they are sponsored advertisements. Please wait and look toward the top or bottom of your browser for the option to Run or Save. Click Save to save the file.

Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
Click the "Options" menu heading on the menu bar and uncheck "Reset Winsock Settings"
Click on the Scan button.
After the scan has finished...

The contents of the Results section may appear confusing or as gibberish.
Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed,please continue with the next step.

click on the Cleaning button.
Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts.
Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
After rebooting, a log file report (AdwCleaner[Cn].txt) will open automatically.  n is the number of clean runs performed)
Attach that log file to your next reply.
A copy of that log file will also be saved in the C:\Program Files (x86)\AdwCleaner folder on 64-bit systems
or folder C:\Program Files\AdwCleaner on 32-bit Windows.

Please provide a fresh detailed status after all this is completed.   Thank you

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