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 For a long while now, I have been getting a lot of suspicious Adobe Flash update requests. The initial screen looks legitimate, but when you click on anything, like 'Get Help' or the Adobe logo, you get a prompt to install an HTA file with a long number as its filename. Moreover, I have also noticed that the HTTP headers for each instance this has happened to me has a very suspicious name on it ( ex. baim2medianaft.org, or https://bui8efashionpcs.org/ak3865962139294/39069d970fd8f8219ad1_-dd93-758f4/f7b6d8d775.aspx). The link itself is even more dodgy, as after a while it disappears, or it says the host cannot be contacted when you try to track it down. This has happened to me when I have been online for a while, or when I have been booting up the machine. Being of a rudimentary IT background, I have attempted to find the source of this irritant, and though I won`t say that I`m running out of options, I will say that I have trusted the Malwarebytes brand , as I have become very familiar with it as I have used it in the past to clean out infected machines at my previous job. With that in mind, I have at least managed to save {but NOT run) the suspicious file in question, as well as the aforementioned HTTP names. I tried to get a snapshot of the screen itself, but as it said, it disappeared on me. I can send the file to you and have you determine if it malware, or not. I have run it on VirusTotal, and at least got three hits, Jotti`s found none, and VirSCAN was not run, due to the numbered filename. I can send these files to any source in this forum that will be pertinent. In the mean time, in the event that this issue HAS happened before ( I DID look for any topics that were relevant in this forum, but could not find one) any guidance on how to successfully resolve this potentially dangerous annoyance would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello @leneal8806 and :welcome:

Sorry for the delay.

Please download the attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop.
NOTE. It's important that both files, FRST or FRST64 and fixlist.txt are in the same location or the fix will not work.

NOTICE: This script was written specifically for this user, for use on this particular machine. Running this on another machine may cause damage to your operating system.

Run FRST or FRST64 and press the Fix button just once and wait.
If the tool needs a restart please make sure you let the system restart normally and let the tool complete its run after restart.
The tool will make a log on the Desktop (Fixlog.txt). Please attach or post it to your next reply.

Note: If the tool warned you about an outdated version please download and run the updated version.

fixlist.txt

Thank you

Ron

 

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Okay, I am SOOOO sorry for the long delay in posting again regarding this topic, but I have done what you suggested for my issue and ran the fixit script6, but the issue is still occurring. I have my theories as to why this still happening, but now I can SHOW just what is going on as it had just occurred when I turned on my machine, but waited a long while before logging in.

 

This is the screen I have been getting:

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The screen has since resulted in a 404 message

 

I HAD been getting a prompt to install an odd numbered flash install, but now I get a 404 message as well

 

This was the address in the URL:   https://oop3efubilov.org/hf452399824811/617842180e-a8ef0add--9945312_-35/95bda6ce9c.aspx#

 

This will most likely also result in the same 404 message:

 

I know all of this is a rehash of my issue, but I feel that now, since I can show just what is going on, I can zero in on just what is happening.

 

 

I also have saved the execution file ( which I have NOT run ) in case I need to send it to you.

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Please let me get the FIXLOG.TXT file back.

Then go ahead and run a full new set of scans since it's been so long.

 

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

STEP 01

  • 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.

STEP 02

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

STEP 03
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.

 

Thanks

Ron

 

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Are you still using the Canon Bubblejet printer? It shows from 2006 that's almost 13 years ago. If not using anymore we can remove the startup items for it. The same thing for ScanSoft. Your PowerDVD13Agent software is over 5 years old and if not used in a long time might even require an update to work.

ATTENTION: System Restore is disabled
Please enable System Restore

 

Not sure why but you should investigate it. Your ASUS GPU keeps crashing.   C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\GPU Tweak\GPUTweak.exe

 

Once you've enabled System Restore please run the following.

 

Please download the attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop.
NOTE. It's important that both files, FRST or FRST64 and fixlist.txt are in the same location or the fix will not work.

NOTICE: This script was written specifically for this user, for use on this particular machine. Running this on another machine may cause damage to your operating system.

Run FRST or FRST64 and press the Fix button just once and wait.
If the tool needs a restart please make sure you let the system restart normally and let the tool complete its run after restart.
The tool will make a log on the Desktop (Fixlog.txt). Please attach or post it to your next reply.

Note: If the tool warned you about an outdated version please download and run the updated version.

fixlist.txt

Ron

 

 

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 Thanks for the heads-up on the dangling programs. To answer your question, I am using a Cannon PIXMA printer, and the programs in question, sans the DVD program, are related to it, though I only scan ocasionally.The System Restore isssue concerns me though, and I will look into it. sending the fixlog file now.

Fixlog.txt

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Let's go ahead and reset all the browsers.

 

Please visit each of the following sites and let's reset all of your browsers back to defaults to prevent unexpected issues.
If you are not using one of the browsers but it is installed then you may want to consider uninstalling it as older versions of some software can pose an increase in the potential for an infection to get in.

Internet Explorer
How to reset Internet Explorer settings

Microsoft Edge
How to Reset Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Firefox
Click on Help / Troubleshooting Information then click on the Refresh Firefox button.

Chrome
Reset Chrome back to defaults to completely clear out issues with Chrome.

  • Open Chrome and at the top right, click ellipse.png.2829aeeb2aea006bc956de077091and then More tools and then Extensions
  • Write down the list of Extensions installed.
  • Next, go to >> Google Sync << and sign into your account. Make sure you know your password as this will clear it from the browser.
  • Scroll down until you see the  reset_chrome_sync.png "reset sync" button to clear your data from the server and remove your passphrase.
  • Now, close all Chrome windows. Chrome cannot be running for the next step. If needed, print this information or use another browser to read the information.
  • Press the Windows key + R at the same time, to bring up the run dialog box.
     
    • run_command.png
       
  • Type in (or copy/paste) the following and press Enter:     %localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\
  1. Press Ctrl + A to select all the files and folders.
  2. Hold down Ctrl + A and click once on the files "Bookmarks" and "Bookmarks.bak". This will unselect them.
  3. With all the files selected (except for your Bookmarks), press the Delete key and click Yes to delete the files and folders.
  4. Example of all files and folders selected, except Bookmarks

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Restart your computer now and make sure there are no longer any redirects or other browser issues and let me know the results

Once the browsers are clean and no more redirects or oddities then let's get them set up with an Ad-Blocker

 

Help Secure your browsers

Please install uBlock Origin for your browsers to better protect your system

FireFox, ChromeOpera , SafariMicrosoft Edge
AdBlock for Internet Explorer

Follow-up Reading

Everything you need to know about cybercrime
10 easy ways to prevent malware infection 
Keep your data backed up

 

Thank you for choosing Malwarebytes
 

Ron

 

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Glad we could help.

If you need this topic reopened, please send a Private Message to any one of the moderating team members. Please include a link to this topic with your request.

This applies only to the originator of this thread. Other members who need assistance please start your own topic in a new thread.

Thanks

 

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