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I have Malwarebytes, scan regularly on startup. Update Windows regularly, careful about links, etc.

Almost never got an alert (except when I installed Tor browser once, then removed it).

I don't visit dodgy websites.

Source of infection

Two days ago I was looking for an old audiobook and a friend tried to 'help' me while I ran an errand: apparently it could only be found as a torrent.

  • QTorrent was installed, downloadeding the audiobook by the time I was at the computer
  • Malwarebytes was poping up warning messages
  • I stopped the download and uninstalled Qtorrent. (I know, I shouldn't have let it happen, ignorance is no excuse.)
  • Scanned downloaded files with Malwarebytes. Clean.
  • PC seemed hot.
  • PC seemed slow.

Since then, steps taken:

  • Ran Malwarebytes scan. Clean
  • I downloaded and ran Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool (clean).
  • Ran a Windows Defender full scan. It stalled, but it showed a 'Severe threat' when I went to scan history (log below)
  • offline scan (enabled it temporarily in settings).  Clean
  • Deleted all downloaded files
  • Checked settings in MalwareBytes. (prevent tampering was disabled, enabled that)
  • Blocked the IP address in my browsers.
  • PC not hot, not slow.

Thanks for help.


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Hello @safesecure84

Please run the following fix. Make sure you exit out of all browsers and close all applications first.

ATTACH all logs, please do not copy/paste logs unless asked.




Please run the following steps and post back the logs as an attachment when ready.
Temporarily disable your antivirus or other security software first. Make sure to turn it back on once the scans are completed.
Temporarily disable Microsoft SmartScreen to download software below if needed. Make sure to turn it back on once the scans are completed.
If you still have trouble downloading the software please click on Reveal Hidden Contents below for examples of how to allow the download.



When downloading with some browsers you may see a different style of screens that may block FRST from downloading. The program is safe and used hundreds of times a week by many users.

Example of Microsoft Edge blocking the download






  • If you already have Malwarebytes installed then open Malwarebytes and click on the Scan button. It will automatically check for updates and run a Threat Scan.
  • If you don't have Malwarebytes installed yet please download it from here and install it.
  • Once installed then open Malwarebytes and select Scan and let it run.
  • Once the scan is completed make sure you have it quarantine any detections it finds.
  • If no detections were found click on the Save results drop-down, then the Export to TXT  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 there were detections then once the quarantine has completed click on the View report button, Then click the Export drop-down, then the Export to TXT  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 the computer restarted to quarantine you can access the logs from the Detection History, then the History tab. Highlight the most recent scan and double-click to open it. Then click the Export drop-down, then the Export to TXT  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 in your next reply that the scanner would not run.


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

  • Double-click to run the program
  • Accept the End User License Agreement.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Click Scan Now.
  • When finished, if items are found please click Quarantine.
  • Your PC should reboot now if any items were found.
  • After reboot, a log file will be opened. Attach or 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 each time
  • Please attach the Additions.txt log to your reply as well.
  • On your next reply, you should be attaching frst.txt and additions.txt to your post, every time.



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  • I ran the three scans. The files are attached.
  • (Turned off internet, closed browsers and all other applications after downloading)
  • AdwCleaner found and quarantined items.
  • FRST said 'nothing to fix'
  • The MalwareBytes scan options did not include a "threat scan".  I ran a 'custom scan' and checked all the scan options (image attached)
  • This is the first time running FRST.
  • Ran HitManPro (free) scan. clean (regularly cleans out trackers etc from browers)
  • Ran a full Windows defender scan: clean (note: it found this last scan: Backdoor:Win32/Bladabindi!rfn) 
  • Downloaded and ran Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool again. clean (Running it again right now)
  • Downloaded and ran Microsoft Safety Scanner (MSERT): yesterday, it showed "8 infected items" during search but nothing at the end (quarantined by AdwCleaner perhaps). (Running it again right now)
  • Laptop bought a year ago brand new, regularly updated, with paid antivirus subscriptions and no dodgy sites / apps (as far as I know)

Appreciate help

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The Microsoft Safety Scanner requires access to the Internet to complete its scan. It scans all the data for files and registry entries, etc. sort of like a breadcrumb trail. As it's doing that it reports it (Microsoft really should stop showing that as it scares customers all the time) it then loads the data at the end up to the Cloud and uses its Artificial Intelligence engine to determine if all these pieces really constitute an infection or not.


Please run the Fabar scanner again but this time with an account that has Admin rights.


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MSERT found this: VirTool:Win32/DefenderTamperingRestore  VirTool:Win32/DefenderTamperingRestore threat description - Microsoft Security Intelligence  (This detection is for suboptimal configurations that may prevent Microsoft Defender Antivirus from functioning properly. If you see this detection, a suboptimal configuration was detected, and Microsoft Defender Antivirus will auto-heal by automatically resetting to more secure configurations.)


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That is not a threat, just a setting not set to defaults in the MS Scanner



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.

NOTE-3: As part of this fix it will also reset the network to default settings including the firewall. If you have custom firewall rules you need to save please export or save them first before running this fix.

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. Overall it looks good.

Please run the following scan.


Microsoft Safety Scanner

Please make sure you Exit out of any other program you might have open so that the sole task is to run the following scan.   
That goes especially for web browsers, make sure all are fully exited out of and messenger programs are exited and closed as well


Please set File Explorer to SHOW ALL folders, all files, including hidden ones.  Use OPTION ONE or TWO of this article



I suggest a new scan for viruses & other malware. This may take several hours, depending on the number of files on the system and the speed of the computer.

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 



Look on the Scan Options & select the FULL scan.

Then start the scan. Have lots of patience. It may take several hours.

  • Once you see it has started, take a long long break;  walk away.  Do not pay credence if you see some intermediate early flash messages on the screen display.  The only things that count are the End result at the end of the run.
  • The scan will take several hours.  Leave it alone. It will remove any other remaining threats as it goes along.  Take a very long break, do your normal personal errands .....just do not use the computer during this scan.

This is likely to run for many hours as previously mentioned  ( depending on the number of files on your machine & the speed of the hardware.)

The log is named MSERT.log  and the log will be at C:\Windows\debug\msert.log

Please attach that log with your next reply.

Thank you


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Glad we could help.

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