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javaws.exe *32 and ZOEK

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I recently noticed that javaws.exe *32 was running thousands of processes in the task manager.  I googled this and was referred to a post from mid 2015.  The first step in the recommended fix (which according to the participants in the forum chain worked) was to download ZOEK and scan using the software.  However, when I typed ZOEK into the browser, all sorts of warning about its use came up, which of course caused me to pause with regard to the download.  I was hoping that someone could confirm that ZOEK works and the post from 2015 (and the ZOEK post from 2013) represent the current approach to removing this java virus.

As a side note, before I was able to find the malwarebytes post regarding the above, I tried to uninstall java, figuring that is how I got the virus.  I was also running a full scan with up to date malwarebytes software, and began to select various javaws.exe files from the processes.  All of the above cause my screen to go black for some time.  I ultimately powered my pc off.  After turning it back on, something is running in the background and not allowing me to do anything else.

I will further admit, that I am NOT technically savvy.  I respectfully request that any help someone can offer be dumbed down as much as is possible.  Thank you in advance for your responses.  HELP ME PLEASE!


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Hello and :welcome:


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

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them.
Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press Scan button. button.


  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.

  • The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.

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I was finally able to get Firefox to open this site on the affected computer.  I downloaded and saved the 64 bit file and prior to be able to hit the scan button, the above screen began to flash intermittently while another popup window flashed "Update is Complete"  I have shutdown the computer and waiting on further instruction to restart.

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Forced a shutdown and restart on the infected pc.  Used MS Explorer to download the 64 bit application again.  Same result.  The FARBAR screen blinks intermittently with a popup that says the "Updated Completed".  Note when computer restarts, it takes about five minutes before a pop up window indicates that Java will not run and should I close the program.  I hit close and then I can open other programs.

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