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Hi, I have Malwarebtyes for Windows 10 and have had issues in the past with virus removal, but this is my first time on this forum. When I check my task manager, my CPU will be at a ridiculous percentage (80-100%) then quickly fall back down when I open task manager. I've run Malwarebytes 3 times so far to no avail, and am worried for the health of my system. Any help?

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Hello Redd_Head and welcome to Malwarebytes,

Continue with the following:

Open Malwarebytes, select > "settings" > "protection tab"

Scroll down to "Scan Options" ensure Scan for Rootkits and Scan within Archives are both on....

Go back to "DashBoard" select the Blue "Scan Now" tab......

When the scan completes quarantine any found entries...

To get the log from Malwarebytes do the following:
  • Click on the Report tab > from main interface.
  • Double click on the Scan log which shows the Date and time of the scan just performed.
  • Click Export > From export you have two options:
    Copy to Clipboard - if seleted right click to your reply and select "Paste" log will be pasted to your reply
    Text file (*.txt) - if selected you will have to name the file and save to a place of choice, recommend "Desktop" then attach to reply

  • Please use "Copy to Clipboard, then Right click to your reply > select "Paste" that will copy the log to your reply…


Download AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes onto your Desktop.

Or from this Mirror
  • Right-click on AdwCleaner.exe and select user posted imageRun 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 Quarantine 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


Download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Alternative download option: http://www.techspot.com/downloads/6731-farbar-recovery-scan-tool.html

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system (32 bit or 64 bit). 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.

If your security alerts to FRST either, accept the alert or turn your security off to allow FRST to run. It is not malicious or infected in any way...

Be aware FRST must be run from an account with Administrator status...
  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.(Windows 8/10 users will be prompted about Windows SmartScreen protection - click More information and Run.)
  • Make sure Addition.txt is checkmarked under "Optional scans"
    user posted image
  • Press Scan button to run the tool....
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
  • The tool will also make a log named (Addition.txt) Please attach that log to your reply.

Let me see those logs in your reply...

Thank you,


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Hello Kevin, I ran a full scan instead of a threat scan and it picked something up, which was promptly removed. The logs of that scan can be found below.




-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/13/19
Scan Time: 9:51 PM
Log File: 4a7eaa1a-d6ab-11e9-8aaf-d050991a8018.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.613
Update Package Version: 1.0.12463
License: Free

-System Information-
OS: Windows 10 (Build 18362.295)
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: PRECIOUS\Kaden

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Custom Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 811817
Threats Detected: 1
Threats Quarantined: 1
Time Elapsed: 1 hr, 32 min, 36 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 1
PUP.Optional.DriverUpdate, C:\USERS\PUBLIC\DOCUMENTS\DOWNLOADED INSTALLERS\{CF516344-84E1-4420-BDAD-52E13F32D07E}\SETUP.MSI, Delete-on-Reboot, [2955], [533640],1.0.12463

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)




As for AdwCleaner, I ran that and it detected 11 items and 1 Preinstalled item, all of which were also removed. The logs of that scan can be found below.



# -------------------------------
# Malwarebytes AdwCleaner
# -------------------------------
# Build:    09-05-2019
# Database: 2019-09-13.1 (Cloud)
# Support:  https://www.malwarebytes.com/support
# -------------------------------
# Mode: Clean
# -------------------------------
# Start:    09-14-2019
# Duration: 00:00:01
# OS:       Windows 10 Home
# Cleaned:  11
# Failed:   1

***** [ Services ] *****

No malicious services cleaned.

***** [ Folders ] *****

Deleted       C:\ProgramData\apn
Deleted       C:\Users\Kaden\AppData\Roaming\pandasecuritytb

***** [ Files ] *****

Deleted       C:\END

***** [ DLL ] *****

No malicious DLLs cleaned.

***** [ WMI ] *****

No malicious WMI cleaned.

***** [ Shortcuts ] *****

No malicious shortcuts cleaned.

***** [ Tasks ] *****

No malicious tasks cleaned.

***** [ Registry ] *****

Deleted       HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules|{471E28CE-FE11-4713-A6B4-B6C3D9649D65}
Deleted       HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules|{55FCD0A5-EF90-4C00-BFC6-92CF4594B808}
Deleted       HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules|{D37B5332-4F09-4B2C-984D-F94494D1E79C}
Deleted       HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules|{D8AC5D92-E52E-42B1-B0E6-3C019B1C1C06}
Deleted       HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\SLIMWARE UTILITIES, INC.
Deleted       HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\SlimWare Utilities Inc

***** [ Chromium (and derivatives) ] *****

No malicious Chromium entries cleaned.

***** [ Chromium URLs ] *****

No malicious Chromium URLs cleaned.

***** [ Firefox (and derivatives) ] *****

Deleted       Honey
Not Deleted   Honey

***** [ Firefox URLs ] *****

No malicious Firefox URLs cleaned.

***** [ Preinstalled Software ] *****

Deleted       Preinstalled.HPSupportAssistant   Folder   C:\ProgramData\HEWLETT-PACKARD\HP SUPPORT FRAMEWORK


[+] Delete Tracing Keys
[+] Reset Winsock


AdwCleaner_Debug.log - [14937 octets] - [14/09/2019 10:11:50]
AdwCleaner[S00].txt - [2394 octets] - [14/09/2019 10:12:21]

########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner\Logs\AdwCleaner[C00].txt ##########


I have yet to run the Farbar Scan Recovery Tool, but hopefully you will find what I have provided to you thus far useful.


Thanks and kind regards,


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