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Hello everyone,

Well, as you may have read from the title my computer have been infected by the KMSpico malware and consequently, dozens of trojans, viruses, etc. have been installed. The reason why I installed KMSpico is quite obvious... so let's skip that part, I've already learned my lesson.

Now, I installed Malwarebytes and run an analysis. It detected 658 threats, so you can imagine how unsafe I felt after that even though they've been removed.

What I'd like to know is if you could guide me on how to make sure my machine is indeed completely clean from all the trash that was installed, e.g. cryptocurrency miners, adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs.

Here I'll attach the results I've got from Malwarebytes: malwaredetection.txtmalwaredetection2.txt.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Regards

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Hi Fede :)

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? :)

Follow the instructions in the thread below, and provide me both FRST logs (FRST.txt and Addition.txt) and the Malwarebytes log. You can attach them in your next post, or copy/paste their content.

https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/9573-im-infected-what-do-i-do-now/

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iO3R662.pngFarbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) - Fix mode
Follow the instructions below to execute a fix on your system using FRST, and provide the log in your next reply.

  • Download the attached fixlist.txt file, and save it on your Desktop (or wherever your FRST.exe/FRST64.exe executable is located)
  • Right-click on the FRST executable and select Spcusrh.pngRun as Administrator (for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 users)
  • Click on the Fix button
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  • On completion, a message will come up saying that the fix has been completed and it'll open a log in Notepad
  • Copy and paste its content in your next reply


 

fixlist.txt

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Hello Aura,

So after clicking on the Fix button a message indeed came up but to restart my computer and it didn't open any log in Notepad, should I do it again?

On a side note, there is any way to be completely sure that your sytem is clean or the only way is to reset or reinstall Windows?

Thank you

Edited by Fede

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The only way to make sure a system is 100% clean is to do a clean and pave (format and reinstall).

Also, there should be a file called fixlog.txt in the same location as the FRST executable.

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Alright, good to know :)

Oh I guess it's this: 

Fix result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (x64) Version: 01.09.2018 03
Ran by Federico (02-09-2018 18:22:13) Run:1
Running from C:\Users\Federico\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Federico (Available Profiles: Federico)
Boot Mode: Normal
==============================================

fixlist content:
*****************
CloseProcesses:
CreateRestorePoint:

InternetURL: C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\BznMMQqmAG.url -> 
CHR HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google: Restriction <==== ATTENTION

S1 enqospst; \??\C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\enqospst.sys [X]
S1 lljxzpwk; \??\C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\lljxzpwk.sys [X]
S1 soxttfdw; \??\C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\soxttfdw.sys [X]

Task: {3A24147F-B698-4C9D-BC5C-117DE842A7AA} - \S-1-5-21-1333393564-1384030928-1108208256-1651\{NZTEUIDY-XKT-WKAE-LL1G-TEN31OH4AGE6} -> No File <==== ATTENTION
Task: {42F00B85-3C52-4F1D-BAE8-CD6046AF325E} - \Microsoft\Windows\UNP\RunCampaignManager -> No File <==== ATTENTION
Task: {6984A1B4-0641-4F16-B50A-D86979CB8A52} - \S-1-5-21-1333393564-1384030928-1108208256-1651\{NZTEUIDY-XKT-WKAE-LL1G-TEN31OH4AGE6} -> No File <==== ATTENTION
Task: {6D1784D4-3EDE-44B4-9567-97D835D6B22C} - System32\Tasks\S-1-5-21-1281178409-1004616319-1389079509-6678\{SOL23I11-X3WT-HK6F-SANS-DVMI2UT1N1K} => C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\amd64_microsoft-windows-ucx-classextension_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.17134.228_none_a6a5cb47f54600db\xactengine2_5.exe
Task: {831544B7-9900-48D2-BA76-09BDF8C25D32} - \eVSrriCnrZQlODxsGDB2 -> No File <==== ATTENTION

AlternateDataStreams: C:\Users\Public\AppData:CSM [234]

C:\Program Files (x86)\DSZR
C:\Program Files (x86)\gKBuoIQgSIE
C:\Program Files (x86)\wunGYWhMeqNU2
C:\Program Files (x86)\vEuomKaIU
C:\Program Files (x86)\JQNLggXpPPpITxfrDoR
C:\Program Files (x86)\IqRJEPTxCjUn
C:\Program Files (x86)\KMSPico 10.2.1 Final
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AppLoaderPM.xml
C:\ProgramData\vAtgRIojrOIejiVB
C:\ProgramData\zVmiMcGqez
C:\ProgramData\ntuser.pol
C:\Users\Federico\ntuser.pol
C:\Users\Federico\Downloads\KMSPico 10.2.1 [DazTeam.TW].zip
C:\Users\Federico\Documents\rfwrfw.odt
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Local\D3DSCache
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Local\installer.dat
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\LocalLow\sVjUbDSCYVtow
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\qn3fshecnhv
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\o4nln5rvea5
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\ky13rmueaaa
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\azcdbcieul3
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\u3cptwk0ryt
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\fzwq5wf13kg
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\c3fjake3s0u
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\5emja25xphs
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\Windows MUI Service
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\amd64_microsoft-windows-ucx-classextension_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.17134.228_none_a6a5cb47f54600db
C:\WINDOWS\uninstaller.dat
C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\lqwfezm

EmptyTemp:
*****************

Processes closed successfully.
Error: (0) Failed to create a restore point.
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\BznMMQqmAG.url => moved successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google" => removed successfully
"HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\enqospst" => removed successfully
enqospst => service removed successfully
"HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\lljxzpwk" => removed successfully
lljxzpwk => service removed successfully
"HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\soxttfdw" => removed successfully
soxttfdw => service removed successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Plain\{3A24147F-B698-4C9D-BC5C-117DE842A7AA}" => removed successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{3A24147F-B698-4C9D-BC5C-117DE842A7AA}" => removed successfully
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\S-1-5-21-1333393564-1384030928-1108208256-1651\{NZTEUIDY-XKT-WKAE-LL1G-TEN31OH4AGE6} => not found
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Plain\{42F00B85-3C52-4F1D-BAE8-CD6046AF325E}" => removed successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{42F00B85-3C52-4F1D-BAE8-CD6046AF325E}" => removed successfully
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\Microsoft\Windows\UNP\RunCampaignManager => not found
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Plain\{6984A1B4-0641-4F16-B50A-D86979CB8A52}" => removed successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{6984A1B4-0641-4F16-B50A-D86979CB8A52}" => removed successfully
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\S-1-5-21-1333393564-1384030928-1108208256-1651\{NZTEUIDY-XKT-WKAE-LL1G-TEN31OH4AGE6} => not found
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Plain\{6D1784D4-3EDE-44B4-9567-97D835D6B22C}" => removed successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{6D1784D4-3EDE-44B4-9567-97D835D6B22C}" => removed successfully
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Tasks\S-1-5-21-1281178409-1004616319-1389079509-6678\{SOL23I11-X3WT-HK6F-SANS-DVMI2UT1N1K} => moved successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\S-1-5-21-1281178409-1004616319-1389079509-6678\{SOL23I11-X3WT-HK6F-SANS-DVMI2UT1N1K}" => removed successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Logon\{831544B7-9900-48D2-BA76-09BDF8C25D32}" => removed successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{831544B7-9900-48D2-BA76-09BDF8C25D32}" => removed successfully
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\eVSrriCnrZQlODxsGDB2" => removed successfully
C:\Users\Public\AppData => ":CSM" ADS removed successfully
C:\Program Files (x86)\DSZR => moved successfully
C:\Program Files (x86)\gKBuoIQgSIE => moved successfully
C:\Program Files (x86)\wunGYWhMeqNU2 => moved successfully
C:\Program Files (x86)\vEuomKaIU => moved successfully
C:\Program Files (x86)\JQNLggXpPPpITxfrDoR => moved successfully
C:\Program Files (x86)\IqRJEPTxCjUn => moved successfully
C:\Program Files (x86)\KMSPico 10.2.1 Final => moved successfully
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AppLoaderPM.xml => moved successfully
C:\ProgramData\vAtgRIojrOIejiVB => moved successfully
C:\ProgramData\zVmiMcGqez => moved successfully
C:\ProgramData\ntuser.pol => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\ntuser.pol => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\Downloads\KMSPico 10.2.1 [DazTeam.TW].zip => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\Documents\rfwrfw.odt => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Local\D3DSCache => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Local\installer.dat => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\LocalLow\sVjUbDSCYVtow => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\qn3fshecnhv => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\o4nln5rvea5 => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\ky13rmueaaa => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\azcdbcieul3 => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\u3cptwk0ryt => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\fzwq5wf13kg => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\c3fjake3s0u => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\5emja25xphs => moved successfully
C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\Windows MUI Service => moved successfully
"C:\Users\Federico\AppData\Roaming\amd64_microsoft-windows-ucx-classextension_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.17134.228_none_a6a5cb47f54600db" => not found
C:\WINDOWS\uninstaller.dat => moved successfully
C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\lqwfezm => moved successfully

=========== EmptyTemp: ==========

BITS transfer queue => 8151040 B
DOMStore, IE Recovery, AppCache, Feeds Cache, Thumbcache, IconCache => 13951038 B
Java, Flash, Steam htmlcache => 492 B
Windows/system/drivers => 3062288 B
Edge => 143570 B
Chrome => 505062690 B
Firefox => 0 B
Opera => 0 B

Temp, IE cache, history, cookies, recent:
Default => 0 B
Users => 0 B
ProgramData => 0 B
Public => 0 B
systemprofile => 0 B
systemprofile32 => 0 B
LocalService => 0 B
LocalService => 0 B
NetworkService => 148122 B
NetworkService => 0 B
Federico => 44665832 B

RecycleBin => 0 B
EmptyTemp: => 548.5 MB temporary data Removed.

================================


The system needed a reboot.

==== End of Fixlog 18:22:28 ====

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Good! Can you do me a favor? Can you .zip the C:\FRST\Quarantine folder and attach it here?

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Here you go: Quarantine.zip

What do you think? I ran many analysis with different anti-malware programs, anti-rootkite scanner, etc etc. It seems pretty clean, but then again I'm quite a newbie on this matter, anything else I should look for by myself?

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Let's do a sweep with AdwCleaner and RogueKiller to see if there are any remnants.

zcMPezJ.pngAdwCleaner - Fix Mode

  • Download AdwCleaner and move it to your Desktop
  • Right-click on AdwCleaner.exe and select Spcusrh.pngRun as Administrator (for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 users)
  • Accept the EULA (I accept), then click on Scan
  • Let the scan complete. Once it's done, make sure that every item listed in the different tabs is checked and click on the Clean & Repair button. This will kill all the active processes
  • Once the cleaning process is complete, AdwCleaner will ask to restart your computer, do it
  • After the restart, a log will open when logging in. Please copy/paste the content of that log in your next reply

RQKuhw1.pngRogueKiller

  • Download the right version of RogueKiller for your Windows version (32 or 64-bit)
  • Once done, move the executable file to your Desktop, right-click on it and select Spcusrh.pngRun as Administrator (for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 users)
  • Click on the Start Scan button in the right panel, which will bring you to another tab, and click on it again (this time it'll be in the bottom right corner)
  • Wait for the scan to complete
  • On completion, the results will be displayed
  • Check every single entry (threat found), and click on the Remove Selected button
  • On completion, the results will be displayed. Click on the Open Report button in the bottom left corner, followed by the Open TXT button (also in the bottom left corner)
  • This will open the report in Notepad. Copy/paste its content in your next reply

Your next reply(ies) should therefore contain:

  • Copy/pasted AdwCleaner clean log
  • Copy/pasted RogueKiller clean log

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Good! How's your system's behaving now? Were there any other issues to address?

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Hey!

My system seems to work as good as it was working before I installed KMSpico so I think I'm safe now, although I'll probably consider to clean and pave (format and reinstall) in the near future, as you mentioned before. I guess I used all the tools available to me to clean it as deep as possible, and if you have any other suggestion please tell me.

I'd like to ask you if in case you know what's the purpose of a .crusader (CRUSADER FILE) in the System32 folder. I'm asking you this because I noticed that the last date modified was today at 13:48 which it was around an hour later I've got infected. Perhaps it has to be there, I was just wondering.

On a side note, I realised that I can obtain the Microsoft Office software with my previous university account, so that's great haha :).

 

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This is the content I found in .crusader :

<Actions reboot="yes"><Group name="Malware"><File path="C:\Program Files (x86)\gKBuoIQgSIE\k57BF2K.dll" /><Registry path="HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{DF1F1901-098E-4B7E-BDAB-BBAD7AEC2086}\" /><Registry path="HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{DF1F1901-098E-4B7E-BDAB-BBAD7AEC2086}\" /><Registry path="HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{DF1F1901-098E-4B7E-BDAB-BBAD7AEC2086}\" /><Registry path="HKU\S-1-5-21-2504677763-501530278-233212964-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-09022018130013049\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{DF1F1901-098E-4B7E-BDAB-BBAD7AEC2086}\" /><Registry path="HKU\S-1-5-21-2504677763-501530278-233212964-1001\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{DF1F1901-098E-4B7E-BDAB-BBAD7AEC2086}\" /></Group><Group name="Riskware"><File path="C:\Program Files (x86)\gKBuoIQgSIE\kLpFrnITCH.exe" /></Group><Group name="Riskware"><File path="C:\Program Files (x86)\WNVwerPrGBZQC\DGWMmGg.dll" /><File path="C:\WINDOWS\system32\Tasks\eVSrriCnrZQlODxsGDB2" /></Group><Group name="Riskware"><File path="C:\Program Files (x86)\WNVwerPrGBZQC\QcgSVCW.dll" /></Group><Group id="Remnants"><Folder path="C:\Program Files\RunBooster\" /><File path="C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\WinDivert64.sys" rootkit="yes" /><Registry path="HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinDivert1.2\" /><Registry path="HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\11598763487076930564\" /><Registry path="HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\WinDivert1.2\" /><Registry path="HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinDivert1.2\" /></Group></Actions>

Looks weird to me.

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Looks like it's used by one of the clean up tool you used. I cannot tell which one however. You can delete it.

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Alright, thank you very much for your help Aura, I wouldn't have been able to clean all that trash without you :).

Have a great day!

 

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No problem Fede, you're welcome!

Since there are no signs of infection anymore in your logs, and you just told me that there are no more issues left to address, I guess we're done here. We'll wrap it up by running DelFix to delete the tools and logs that were used in this clean-up.

BWuhenj.pngDelFix
Follow the instructions below to download and execute DelFix.

  • Download DelFix and move the executable to your Desktop
  • Right-click on DelFix.exe and select Spcusrh.pngRun as Administrator (for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 users)
  • Check the following options :
    • Activate UAC
    • Remove disinfection tools
    • Create registry backup
    • Purge system restore
    • Reset system settings
  • Once all the options mentionned above are checked, click on Run
  • After DelFix is done running, a log will open. Please copy/paste the content of the output log in your next reply

Qt25440.pngTips, tricks, advice and recommendations

Now it's time to give you some tips, tricks, advice and recommendations on how to protect your system and prevent you from being infected in the future. This is where I'll explain basic security measures that you should take to protect and harden your system, and also make sure it stays as safe and secure as possible against hackers and malware. You are free to ignore the recommendations listed below, although I obviously do not recommend it. If you have any questions about one of the points covered in the speech below, feel free to ask me your questions here directly so I can answer them and guide you.

Windows Updates

Keeping Windows up to date is one of the first steps in having a safe and secure system. The Security Updates that Windows receives are meant to fix exploits and flaws in it that makes it more secure and not exploitable by hackers. In order to do that, you should always install the Security Updates, known as "Important Updates" on your Windows system. These updates are released on the second Tuesday of every month, but some are also released before if they are emergency/critical Security Updates. Let's make sure that you have all your Important Updates and Recommended Updates installed and that your Windows Updates are set to be installed automatically.

Keeping your programs up-to-date

Like keeping Windows updated, keeping your installed programs up-to-date is another important step in having a safe and secure system. Outdated programs can be exploited by hackers and malware to infect a system and take it over. This is especially true today with the rise of Exploit Kits (and also 0-days) which is one of the biggest attack vectors to distribute malware. Therefore, you should always keep vulnerable programs like Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave Player, Java, Silverlight, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, VLC Media Player, etc. updated to their most recent version (even better, you don't have to install them if you don't use them). Programs like eF2jhaz.pngUCheck, SUMo and y5YE7At.pngHeimdal Free will scan your system for outdated programs, and help you identify them, as well as update them.

Anti-Virus

Note: The programs listed below are all free to use or they have some sort of trial. Some of them have a paid version that provides more features, while a lot of other good programs only have a paid version but aren't listed there (such as Kaspersky and ESET Antivirus products).

Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware

Having a decent security setup (which also includes an Antivirus) is the most crucial step to protect a system. These programs are additional layers of defence that will prevent a system from being infected, or if it somehow ends up infected, help mitigate the infection and remediate it. Fortunately, the new Malwarebytes 3 bundle all these layers in one, easy to use and efficient product. Malwarebytes 3 offers Malware, Web, Exploit and Ransomware protection modules that works together in order to keep your system protected and stop an infection at multiple level.

  • j1Bynr2.pngMalwarebytes - Comes with a free trial of the Premium version for 14 days, after which it reverts back to the Free version

Note: Please note that only the Premium version of Malwarebytes 3 offers real-time protection (Malware, Web, Exploit and Ransomware). The free version only allows you to scan your system for threats and remove them.

Firewall

Starting in Windows Vista, the Windows Firewall greatly improved and will satisfy the needs of most users. If you do not have an Internet Suite Antivirus program (which includes a firewall) and you want to use a 3rd party firewall, you can consider the options below.

  • 7p3JzTS.pngGlassWire - Has both a free and paid version (with different packages)
  • MQIMh6k.pngWindows Firewall Control - Gives you more control over your Windows Firewall
  • 5RXGshU.pngTinyWall - Lightweight firewall implementing the Windows Firewall and giving you more control over it

Web Browsers and Web Browsing

Web Browsers could be considered as the closest door between a malware and your system. This is where most malware goes through to infect a system, and therefore it should be the program(s) you want to secure the most. There are two ways of going about it: hardening your web browser via extensions, and having good browsing habits. 

Hardening your web browser means to install extensions that will help it protect itself (and your system on the same occasion) against Exploit Kits, MiTM attacks, etc. but also you at the same time. Here are a few extensions that I recommend you to install.

  • uBlock Origin: Efficient multi-purpose blocker that is lightweight on RAM and CPU usage (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera and most Chromium and Firefox-based browsers)
  • HTTPS Everywhere: Extension that converts your HTTP (unencrypted) requests to HTTPS (encrypted) ones (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera)
  • Web of Trust: Website reputation, rating and review extension that will help you quickly identify bad and suspicious sites from good ones (every web browsers)
  • NoScript: NoScript is a script blocker (Java, Flash, JavaScript, etc.) for Mozilla Firefox and Firefox-based browsers (Mozilla Firefox and Firefox-based web browsers)
  • uMatrix: For advanced users, a point and click matrix-like extensions that allow you to control requests done on a webpage (based on source, destination and type) (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera)
  • LastPass: Secure password manager allowing you to create, manage, and use passwords you save in your LastPass account (every web browser)

As for safe browsing habits, you can find tons of guides, tutorials, articles, etc. online that will highlight the basics you need to follow (only visit websites you trust, do not click on ads, do not download files from untrusted sources, use a password manager, always verify the URL of a website and make sure it's correctly typed, etc.), and even what you can do if you want to take it a step further (create a fake email address for spam emails, browse the web in a privacy mode, etc.). Here are a few:


As you can see, there are plenty of resources out there. Simply Googling "good browsing habits" or "safe browsing habits" should allow you to find a lot of them.

Other recommendations

Even if you follow every recommendation that I listed here, in the end, it's also your job to be careful when browsing the web and downloading files if you don't want to get infected. Therefore, if you use your brain (common sense) when browsing the web, downloading programs and files, etc., you have far less chances to get infected by a malware. If for example you're not sure if a website is legitimate or not, or if a file is safe to download and execute, or if a program looks "too good" to be free, I suggest you to avoid going to that website, downloading that file or using that program.

Here are a few guides, tutorials, articles, etc. that you could read in order to learn more about computer protection and security to improve your current computer protection setup but also improve your good web browsing and computer usage practices :


gRvSooB.pngThe End!

And that's it! Now that you know more about how to protect your computer and secure it, you're good to go back to your online activities, but in a safe and secure way! You are also free to stay on the forums and ask for help in different topics if you ever need to. Just make sure that you post your question/issue in the right section to get the best assistance possible. And if you ever get infected again (which I hope you wont!), you can always comeback in this section to get another checkup with one of our trained malware removal member.

Do you have any questions before I close this thread? :)

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DelFix log: 

# DelFix v1.013 - Logfile created 03/09/2018 at 00:59:12
# Updated 17/04/2016 by Xplode
# Username : Federico - MSI
# Operating System : Windows 10 Home  (64 bits)

~ Activating UAC ... OK

~ Removing disinfection tools ...

Deleted : C:\FRST
Deleted : C:\AdwCleaner
Deleted : C:\TDSSKiller.3.1.0.17_03.09.2018_00.52.38_log.txt
Deleted : C:\Users\Public\Desktop\RogueKiller.lnk
Deleted : C:\Users\Federico\Downloads\Addition.txt
Deleted : C:\Users\Federico\Downloads\adwcleaner_7.2.3.exe
Deleted : C:\Users\Federico\Downloads\Fixlog.txt
Deleted : C:\Users\Federico\Downloads\FRST.txt
Deleted : C:\Users\Federico\Downloads\FRST64.exe
Deleted : C:\Users\Federico\Downloads\RogueKiller_setup.exe
Deleted : C:\Users\Federico\Downloads\tdsskiller.exe

~ Creating registry backup ... OK

~ Cleaning system restore ...


New restore point created !

~ Resetting system settings ... OK

########## - EOF - ##########
 

I read all the advice and recommendations, again, I can't thank you enough!

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No problem Fede, glad to see that we get you all cleaned up!

Stay safe :) 

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Glad we could help.

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