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Hello,

Just as the title says, I get Malwarebytes notifications that an outbound connection has been blocked even though I'm not doing anything else than viewing my edge settings or watching a video.

I'm using Edge and Malwarebytes also says that it comes from edge.exe.

I've tried disabling every extension thinking it would be the problem but it still came up.

How would I go about fixing this or finding what causes it?

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Just now, DKenn said:

The problem sounds like a notification in Edge. To remove it, do the following:

  1. Click on the three dots (e.g. menu) in Edge.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Cookie and site permissions.
  4. Select Notifications.
  5. Go to Allow and remove the problematic notification.

Hope this helps.

Malwarebytes gives me an alert, an "RTP detection" alert when I'm not going to the website.
And nothing is in allow in my edge notifications, I never accept those.

I've attached the exported detection.

techloris alert.txt

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1 minute ago, DKenn said:

If it is not there I would check Cookies and site permissions > Site permissions > All sites.

My browser doesn't give me a notification, the Malwarebytes antivirus gives me the notification.

I also do not have accepted permissions on any website.

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Hello @T-Raptor  and  :welcome:

 

My name is MKDB and I will assist you.

 

 

Let's keep these principles as we proceed. Make sure to read the entire post below first.

  • Please follow the steps in the given order and post back the log files.
  • Please copy and paste all log files into your post.
  • Before we start, please make sure that you have an external backup, not connected to this system, of all private data.
  • Only run the tools I guide you to. Please don't run any other scans, download, install or uninstall any programs while I'm working with you.
  • As English is not my native language, please do not use slang or idioms. It may be hard for me to understand.
  • If you do not respond within 4 days, your topic will be closed.
  • Cracked or hacked or pirated programs are not only illegal, but also will make a computer a malware victim. Having such programs installed, is the easiest way to get infected. It is the leading cause of ransomware encryptions. It is at times also a big source of current trojan infections. If you are running any kin of illegal software on your system, please uninstall them now, before we start the cleaning procedure.

 

 

 

Step 1

  • Please download the Malwarebytes Support Tool (MBST).
  • Run MBST and accept license agreement.
  • In the left navigation pane of MBST, click Advanced.
  • In the Advanced Options, click Gather Logs. A status diagram displays the tool is Getting logs from your machine.
  • A zip file named mbst-grab-results.zip will be saved to your desktop, please upload that file on your next reply.

 

 

 

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@DKenn

I'm not sure if you are allowed to post in this topic.

Please have a look here:

https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/12264-groups-authorized-to-help-with-malware-removal-logs/

@AdvancedSetup

 

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@Porthos Thank you!

 

@T-Raptor

MBAM shows the first block at date 2023/07/31. The only extension that was installed at that time was "Improve Youtube".

You have already removed/disabled that extension, rebooted your system, but MBAM still blocks connections from Edge without this extension, haven't you?

 

 

What have you activated here?

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Task: {D2B5299D-0323-42F6-957E-8B18F1B02D83} - System32\Tasks\Activation-Renewal => C:\ProgramData\Activation-Renewal\Activation_task.cmd [15322 2023-07-29] () [File not signed] -> Task

Looks like an Online KMS Script for Office which means illegal/pirated software. But maybe I'm wrong here and you can explain it to me?

 

 

Please run the following FRST fix as well as ESET.

We will remove some orphans and check windows system files.

 

 

Step 1

  • Please download the attached fixlist.txt file and save it to your download folder, which is C:\users\Ares\Downloads\ in your case.
  • You will find the file FRSTEnglish.exe (FRST) as well in this folder.

Note: It's important that both files, FRST and fixlist.txt are in the same location or the fix will not work.

  • Close all open programs and save your work.
  • Run FRST again.
  • Press the Fix button only once and wait. Please be patient and do not interfere, even if FRST does not respond for some time. That's nothing to worry about.
  • Please note: This Fix will remove all temporary files, empty recycle bin and will remove cookies and my result in some websites indicating they do not recognize your computer. It may be necessary to receive and apply a verification code.
  • Please note: This step resets your Firewall settings and you may be asked later to grant permission for legitimate programs to pass through the Firewall. If you recognize the program, agree to the request.
  • If the tool needs a restart, please make sure you let the system restart normally and let the tool complete its run after restart.
  • FRST will create one log now (Fixlog.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.
  • Please attach this logfile to your next reply.

 

 

Step 2

Let me have you run a different scanner to double-check. I don't expect it to find anything, but no harm in checking.

I would suggest a free scan with the ESET Online Scanner

Go to https://download.eset.com/com/eset/tools/online_scanner/latest/esetonlinescanner.exe

  • It will start a download of "esetonlinescanner.exe".
  • Save the file to your system, such as the Downloads folder, or else to the Desktop.
  • Go to the saved file, and double click it to get it started. 
  • When presented with the initial ESET options, click on "Computer Scan".
  • Next, when prompted by Windows, allow it to start by clicking Yes.
  • When prompted for scan type, Click on Full scan
  • Look at & tick  ( select )   the radio selection "Enable ESET to detect and quarantine potentially unwanted applications"   and click on the Start scan button.
  • Have patience.  The entire process may take an hour or more. There is an initial update download.
  • There is a progress window display.
  • You should ignore all prompts to get the ESET antivirus software program.  (e.g. their standard program). You do not need to buy or get or install anything else.
  • When the scan is completed, if something was found, it will show a screen with the number of detected items.  If so, click the button marked “View detected results”.
  • Click The blue “Save scan log” to save the log.
  • If something was removed and you know it is a false finding, you may click on the blue ”Restore cleaned files”  (in blue, at the bottom).
  • Press Continue when all done.  You should click to off the offer for “periodic scanning”.

Note: If you do need to do a File Restore from ESET please follow the directions below

[KB2915] Restore files quarantined by the ESET Online Scanner version 3

https://support.eset.com/en/kb2915-restore-files-quarantined-by-the-eset-online-scanner

 

 

 

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@T-Raptor

System files were repaired successfully, ESET comes be clean. Both are good news. 😃

 

Does MBAM still blocks edge.exe after the FRST fix?

I assume that you have installed a search engine or extension in Edge which has a feature that generats/clicks on ads and MBAM is blocking that ad.

Have a look into Edge and try if you can find anything and let me know.

 

Next, please run MBST again in order to collect new logfiles for us.

 

 

Step 1

  • Please run MBST again.
  • Run MBST and accept license agreement.
  • In the left navigation pane of MBST, click Advanced.
  • In the Advanced Options, click Gather Logs. A status diagram displays the tool is Getting logs from your machine.
  • A zip file named mbst-grab-results.zip will be saved to your desktop, please upload that file on your next reply.
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3 minutes ago, T-Raptor said:

I have not yet gotten the warning again, yes.

Well, that are good news. 🙂

The newest FRST logfiles look clean.

 

I suggest to observ the situation in Edge until tomorrow and check if blocks are apprearing again.

 

In the meantime, please run SecurityCheck. Thank you!

 

Step 1

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: https://tools.safezone.cc/glax24/SecurityCheck/SecurityCheck.exe
  • If Microsoft SmartScreen blocks the download, click through to save the file
  • This tool is safe.   Smartscreen is overly sensitive.
  • If SmartScreen blocks the file from running click on More info and Run anyway
  • 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 a text file named SecurityCheck.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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@T-Raptor

I assume that there are no new blocks from MBAM.

 

 

Thank you for your cooperation. You can use KpRm to remove FRST and other tools.

 

Please download KpRm by kernel-panik and save it to your desktop.

  • Right-click kprm_(version).exe and select Run as Administrator.
  • Read and accept the disclaimer.
  • When the tool opens, select Delete Tools under Actions.
  • Under Delete Quarantines select Delete Now, then click Run.
  • Once complete, click OK.
  • A log may open in Notepad titled kprm-(date).txt.  I do not need it. Just close Notepad if it shows up.

 

 

 

A few final recommendations:

  1. Recommend using a Password Manager for all websites, etc. that require a password. Never use the same password on more than one site.
    https://www.howtogeek.com/240255/password-managers-compared-lastpass-vs-keepass-vs-dashlane-vs-1password/
  2. Make sure you're backing up your files https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/136226-backup-software/
  3. Keep all software up to date - PatchMyPC - https://patchmypc.com/home-updater#download
  4. Keep your Operating System up to date and current at all times - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-update-faq-8a903416-6f45-0718-f5c7-375e92dddeb2
  5. Further tips to help protect your computer data and improve your privacy: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/287710/how-malware-spreads-how-your-system-gets-infected/

  1. Please consider installing the following Content Blockers for your Web browsers if you haven't done so already. This will help improve overall security

Malwarebytes Browser Guard

uBlock Origin

 

Further reading if you like to keep up on the malware threat scene: Malwarebytes Blog  https://blog.malwarebytes.com/

Hopefully, we've been able to assist you with correcting your system issues.

Thank you for using Malwarebytes.

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Glad we could help.

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