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I have the same problem . Nothing removes this malware. Mine is masked with the name instalshield and has inside a folder named x32 and inside that is a setup.exe . This setup.exe is showing in the task manager as "in hold" when I open it. Then the cpu usage stops. I run  all of that and nothing worked.  I also saw that the malware is inactive with no internet.  Tried to cut it off with Windows and rules but with no luck.  I did something in the task schedule deleting task I didn't recognize and for a while all was good. But when I installed audio driver for my motherboard it started again . I am in need of help . 

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Hello @Blackcurse1212 and :welcome:


Please run the following steps and post back the logs as an attachment when ready.


  • If you're already running Malwarebytes 3 then open Malwarebytes and check for updates. Then click on the Scan tab and select Threat Scan and click on Start Scan button.
  • If you don't have Malwarebytes 3 installed yet please download it from here and install it.
  • Once installed then open Malwarebytes and check for updates. Then click on the Scan tab and select Threat Scan and click on Start Scan button.
  • Once the scan is completed click on the Export Summary button and save the file as a Text file to your desktop or other location you can find, and attach that log on your next reply.
  • If Malwarebytes won't run then please skip to the next step and let me know on your next reply.


Please download AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes and save the file to your Desktop.

  • Right-click on the program and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.
  • Accept the Terms of use.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Click Scan Now.
  • When finished, please click Clean & Repair.
  • Your PC should reboot now if any items were found.
  • After reboot, a log file will be opened. Copy its content into your next reply.


RESTART THE COMPUTER Before running Step 3

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

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens, click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press the Scan 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 also makes another log (Addition.txt). If you've, run the tool before you need to place a check mark here.
  • Please attach the Additions.txt log to your reply as well.





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Please perform a Windows Defender Offline scan and post back the results

Windows Defender Offline is a powerful offline scanning tool that runs from a trusted environment, without starting your operating system.
This topic describes using Windows Defender Offline in Windows 10

Using Windows Defender Offline on Windows 10

  1. Select Start , and then select Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Security  > Virus & threat protection .
  2. On the Virus & threat protection screen, do one of the following:
    • In the current version of Windows 10: Under Current threats, select Scan options.
    • In previous versions of Windows: Under Threat history, select Run a new advanced scan.
  3. Select Windows Defender Offline scan, and then select Scan now.

Next, let me have you run another antivirus scan with Kaspersky


Please download and run the following Kaspersky antivirus scanner to remove any found threats

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

Let me know if it finds anything or not too.


It's quite late for me so I'm heading out but will check back on you again sometime tomorrow.



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I was able to clean it myself . I closed all task schedule that was non know software. Then I opened task manager . I saw the setup.exe on hold . I went in the tab with the information of the programs . Once I deleted it I saw for a split second that one other exe starting to run . Once I saw that I knew. I waited and after deleted again the setup.exe  using "end tree task " saw the other exe opens . Quickly I press right click and ended task tree again . Then I went to the file I knew the malware was and deleted it with unlockit because it is locked . That's it . No regenerations , no blocks to malwarebytes site , no cpu usage . All is clear now . No programme helped me and none found the problem.  It took me three days but I did it. Thank you for your answers thought . 

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It was named instalshield in syswow64 and had a x32 folder inside with a setup.exe inside that . I saw other names used also in other people same problems . I find the folder by right click in the setup.exe in task manager that appears only if you press the tad for memory usage categorization.  Only then you can see it and next to it says "at hold" . But to use end tree task you have to go to the tab with the information , one from last . Was very tricky to get rid of it . 

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Glad we could help.

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