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I got bitten this afternoon by the virus Security Tools. I followed the instructions given on the www.bleepingcomputer site and downloaded Process Explorer. I was able to stop the related process by renaming the program to iexplore. I downloaded Malwarebytes to finish the process, but every time I get to the screen to launch the scan, the program aborts after 2 seconds. (One of the forum posts suggested changing the malware bytes program name to "winlogon." However, there seems to be a permission problem that doesn't allow change of name on this file.)

I have tried removing the program (uninstalling) but have not been able to remove mbamext.dll due to either permission problems or "program still in use" message. I am at my wits end as to what to do next because I can't get the virus cleaned out of the system.

I have reviewed many of the posts on this forum and have a win32kdiag text file available if required. I've downloaded Combo-Fix but have not run it due to the warnings on this site.

Could somebody advise me what to do next?

(Windows XP with service pack 3)

Thank you,


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Hello Jeane, and welcome to Malwarebytes.org :)

We don't work on Malware removal in the general forums.

Please read and follow the directions here, skipping any steps you are unable to complete. Then post a NEW topic here.

One of the expert helpers there will give you one-on-one assistance when one becomes available.

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