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Yesterday I was on YouTube reading comments and I stupidly clicked on a link someone posted (Have attached screen shot of link). When I clicked on it the address bar displayed some strange mixed letters at first then landed on the website link.tl with a long address after it.  A box popped up that was scanning files and said 'your file has been found', then a box popped up to 'cancel' or 'download'. I didn't click on anything and closed the website and ran a scan in Malwarebytes (already installed) which didn't detect any issues. The link began with youtubem.video so I searched that on its own and it took me to exactly the same page and behaved the same way.

Im worried that some kind virus is hidden on my PC, or has got on to the BIOS possibly?

I went on to Reddit to ask and got some help there. I ran rkill, Malwarebytes again, Malwarebytes ADW cleaner. Then went through every process running to check date of install and last used and all seemed fine.

I did some research this morning and found a few websites that check URL's for any reported viruses like virustotal.com. This website couldnt search as it said it was an IP address, this is started to get me worried. I also checked link.tl and that had a couple of red flags but all other results showed it was clean. youtubem.video didnt have any bad marks against it.

I have since ran hitmanpro and that only found cookies, nothing threatening.

Have attached the 2 txt files from Fabar and the screen shot of the suspicious link. 

 Im now thinking the only way for piece of mind is to wipe hard drive, flash BIOS and do a reinstall? 

Edit: This is the youtube video i was watching incase its inportant. As you can see it was a perfectly innocent video!: youtube.com/watch?v=miawvAig7zE





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  • 2 weeks later...

Hi cc123 :)

My name is Aura and I'll be assisting you with your malware issue. Since we'll be working together, you can call me Aura or Yoan, which is my real name, it's up to you! Now that we've broke the ice, I'll just ask you a few things during the time we'll be working together to clean your system and get it back to an operational state.

  • As you'll notice, the logs we are asking for here are quite lenghty, so it's normal for me to not reply exactly after you post them. This is because I need some time to analyse them and then act accordingly. However, I'll always reply within 24 hours, 48 hours at most if something unexpected happens
  • As long as I'm assisting you on Malwarebytes Forums, in this thread, I'll ask you to not seek assistance anywhere else for any issue related to the system we are working on. If you have an issue, question, etc. about your computer, please ask it in this thread and I'll assist you
  • The same principle applies to any modifications you make to your system, I would like you to ask me before you do any manipulations that aren't in the instructions I posted. This is to ensure that we are operating in sync and I know exactly what's happening on your system
  • If you aren't sure about an instruction I'm giving you, ask me about it. This is to ensure that the clean-up process goes without any issue. I'll answer you and even give you more precise instructions/explanations if you need. There's no shame in asking questions here, better be safe than sorry!
  • If you don't reply to your thread within 3 days, I'll bump this thread to let you know that I'm waiting for you. If you don't reply after 5 days, it'll be closed. If you return after that period, you can send me a PM to get it unlocked and we'll continue where we left off;
  • Since malware can work quickly, we want to get rid of them as fast as we can, before they make unknown changes to the system. This being said, I would appreciate if you could reply to this thread within 24 hours of me posting. This way, we'll have a good clean-up rhythm and the chances of complications will be reduced
  • I'm against any form of pirated, illegal and counterfeit software and material. So if you have any installed on your system, I'll ask you to uninstall them right now. You don't have to tell me if you indeed had some or not, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Plus, this would be against Malwarebytes Forums's rules
  • In the end, you are the one asking for assistance here. So if you wish to go a different way during the clean-up, like format and reinstall Windows, you are free to do so. I would appreciate you to let me know about it first, and if you need, I can also assist you in the process
  • I would appreciate if you were to stay with me until the end, which means, until I declare your system clean. Just because your system isn't behaving weirdly anymore, or is running better than before, it doesn't mean that the infection is completely gone
    This being said, I have a full time job so sometimes it'll take longer for me to reply to you. Don't worry, you'll be my first priority as soon as I get home and have time to look at your thread

This being said, it's time to clean-up some malware, so let's get started, shall we? :)

Your logs are clean. From what you described, my guess is that this "youtubem.video" website redirects you to a tech support scam. This "threat" only exists in your current web browser process and goes away as soon as you close/kill it. In other words, your system hasn't been infected, you're fine.

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