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Hi, when using AdwCleaner 8.20 several files keep coming back after i restart my PC. Not to sure if this is a false positive, but the log is listed below.


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# Malwarebytes AdwCleaner
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# Build:    03-22-2021
# Database: 2021-05-17.1 (Cloud)
# Support:  https://www.malwarebytes.com/support
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# Mode: Scan
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# Start:    06-03-2021
# Duration: 00:00:07
# OS:       Windows 10 Pro
# Scanned:  31972
# Detected: 4

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

No malicious services found.

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

No malicious folders found.

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

No malicious files found.

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

No malicious DLLs found.

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

No malicious WMI found.

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

No malicious shortcuts found.

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

PUP.Optional.Legacy             C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\IORRT

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

PUP.Optional.Legacy             HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Plain\{7611582A-6FD7-48A2-858F-3B9AC03DBBCF} 
PUP.Optional.Legacy             HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{7611582A-6FD7-48A2-858F-3B9AC03DBBCF} 
PUP.Optional.Legacy             HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\iorrt

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

No malicious Chromium entries found.

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

No malicious Chromium URLs found.

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

No malicious Firefox entries found.

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

No malicious Firefox URLs found.

***** [ Hosts File Entries ] *****

No malicious hosts file entries found.

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

No Preinstalled Software found.

AdwCleaner[S00].txt - [2890 octets] - [03/06/2021 17:30:47]
AdwCleaner[C00].txt - [2840 octets] - [03/06/2021 17:31:36]
AdwCleaner[S01].txt - [1527 octets] - [03/06/2021 17:32:04]
AdwCleaner[S02].txt - [1588 octets] - [03/06/2021 17:33:08]
AdwCleaner[S03].txt - [2058 octets] - [03/06/2021 17:44:19]
AdwCleaner[C03].txt - [2172 octets] - [03/06/2021 17:58:22]

########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner\Logs\AdwCleaner[S04].txt ##########

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Hello @Brandon1445

Let me get some logs please.


Please download 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). Please attach it to your reply as well.

Thank you



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Please save the attached file FIXLIST.TXT to the same folder, location as you have the FRST program. Then run FRST and click on the FIX button.

It will zip up the folder in question for us. It will make a new ZIP file on your desktop with today's date and time as the name. Attach that on your next reply please.




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Thank you @Brandon1445

Please run the following fix


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

Please make sure you disable any real time antivirus or security software before running this script. Once completed make sure you re-enable it.

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 that cannot be undone.

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) or wherever you ran FRST from. 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.

NOTE-1:  This fix will run a scan to check that all Microsoft operating system files are valid and not corrupt and attempt to correct any invalid files. It will also run a disk check on the restart to ensure disk integrity. Depending on the speed of your computer this fix may take 30 minutes or more.

NOTE-2: As part of this fix all temporary files will be removed. If you have any open web pages that have not been bookmarked please make sure you bookmark them now as all open applications will be automatically closed. Also, make sure you know the passwords for all websites as cookies will also be removed. The use of an external password manager is highly recommended instead of using your browser to store passwords.

The following directories are emptied:

  • Windows Temp
  • Users Temp folders
  • Edge, IE, FF, Chrome and Opera caches, HTML5 storages, Cookies and History
  • Recently opened files cache
  • Flash Player cache
  • Java cache
  • Steam HTML cache
  • Explorer thumbnail and icon cache
  • BITS transfer queue (qmgr*.dat files)
  • Recycle Bin

Important: items are permanently deleted. They are not moved to quarantine. If you have any questions or concerns please ask before running this fix.

The system will be rebooted after the fix has run.




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Thank you for the log. The system was able to find and repair some other issues.

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.


Please restart the computer one more time. Then run the FRST program one more time and click on SCAN and post back both new logs @Brandon1445



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Please save the attached FIXLIST.TXT file to the same folder as FRST as you did before.

Then run FRST and click on the FIX button.


Then post back the FIXLOG.txt file when done.



Then go ahead and run the following scan for me.


The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free Microsoft stand-alone virus scanner that can be used to scan for & remove malware or potentially unwanted software from a system.

The download links & the how-to-run-the tool are at this link at Microsoft


Please let me know the results of this scan.

The log is named MSERT.log 

the log will be at  %SYSTEMROOT%\debug\msert.log   which in most cases is


Please attach that log with your next reply.



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Looks good. @Brandon1445

Let me have you run the following please.


SecurityCheck by glax24              

I would like you to run a tool named SecurityCheck to inquire about the current-security-update status of some applications.

  • Download SecurityCheck by glax24 from here  https://tools.safezone.cc/glax24/SecurityCheck/SecurityCheck.exe
  • and save the tool on the desktop.
  • If Windows's  SmartScreen block that with a message-window, then
  • Click on the MORE INFO spot and over-ride that and allow it to proceed.
  • This tool is safe.   Smartscreen is overly sensitive.
  • Right-click  with your mouse on the Securitycheck.exe  and select "Run as administrator"   and reply YES to allow to run & go forward
  • Wait for the scan to finish. It will open in a text file named SecurityType.txt. Close the file.  Attach it with your next reply.
  • You can find this file in a folder called SecurityCheck, C:\SecurityCheck\SecurityCheck.txt


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Thank you @Brandon1445 Please uninstall, update, etc. as appropriate the following


--------------------------- [ OtherUtilities ] ----------------------------
Notepad++ (64-bit x64) v.7.6.3 Warning! Download Update

Python 3.8.3 (32-bit) v.3.8.3150.0 Warning! Download Update

TeamViewer v.15.2.2756 Warning! Download Update

------------------------------ [ ArchAndFM ] ------------------------------
WinRAR 5.70 (64-bit) v.5.70.0 Warning! Download Update

-------------------------- [ IMAndCollaborate ] ---------------------------
Discord v.0.0.309 Warning! Download Update

Microsoft Teams v. Warning! Download Update

Zoom v.5.4.6 (59296.1207) Warning! Download Update

--------------------------------- [ P2P ] ---------------------------------
qBittorrent 4.3.2 v.4.3.2 Warning! Download Update

-------------------------------- [ Java ] ---------------------------------
Java 8 Update 181 (64-bit) v.8.0.1810.13 Warning! Download Update
Uninstall old version and install new one (jre-8u291-windows-x64.exe).

Java 8 Update 171 v.8.0.1710.11 Warning! Download Update
Uninstall old version and install new one (jre-8u291-windows-i586.exe).

-------------------------------- [ Media ] --------------------------------
VLC media player v.3.0.11 Warning! Download Update

Spotify v. Warning! Download Update

------------------------------- [ Browser ] -------------------------------
Mozilla Firefox 88.0 (x64 en-US) v.88.0 Warning! Download Update

---------------------------- [ UnwantedApps ] -----------------------------
JDownloader 2 v.2.0 Warning! Suspected Adware! If this program is not familiar to you it is recommended to uninstall it and execute PC scanning using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Malwarebytes AdwCleaner. Before uninstallation and scanning it is necessary to consult in the forum where cure is provided for you!!!



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Glad we could help.

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