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  • Root Admin

Hello  and  :welcome:    @WestEnderTO

 

My screen name is AdvancedSetup and I will assist you with your system issues.
 

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

  • Removing pesky malware can be an involved set of tasks over separate runs. Have much patience. Follow my directions. 
  • Please follow all steps in the provided order and post back all requested logs.
  • Please attach all log files to your post, unless otherwise requested.
  • Temporarily disable Microsoft SmartScreen to download software below if needed. Make sure to turn it back on once the scans are completed.
  • Searching, detecting, and removing malware isn't instantaneous and there is no guarantee to repair every system.
  • Before we start, please make sure that you have an external backup of all private data.
  • Do not run online games while your case is ongoing. Do not do any free-wheeling of risky web-surfing.
  • Only run the tools I guide you to use. Please don't run any other scans, download, install or uninstall any programs while I'm working with you unless requested.
  • Cracked, Hacked, or Pirated programs are not only illegal but also can make a computer a malware victim.
    Having such programs installed is the easiest way to get infected. It is the leading cause of ransomware encryption. It is at times also a big source of current Trojan infections. 
    If there are any on the system you should uninstall them before we proceed.  
  • If your system is running Discord, or P2P Torrent software, please be sure to Exit out of it while this case is on-going.


Do these two steps so that ALL Folders & Files are set to SHOW, plus also, Turn OFF Windows Fast start.

Show-Hidden-Folders-Files-Extensions
https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/299345-show-hidden-folders-files-extensions/

Disable-Fast-Startup
https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/299350-disable-fast-startup/
 

  • Next, please restart Windows

  • Please be patient and stick with me until I give you the "all clear" or otherwise indicate all is good

 

 

 

 

Let's go ahead and run a couple of scans and get some updated logs from your system.


Please make the following changes.

 

  • Temporarily disable your antivirus real-time protection or other security software first if it blocks or interferes with the scans or downloads.. Make sure to turn it back on once the scans are completed.
  • Temporarily disable Microsoft SmartScreen to download software below only if needed. Make sure to turn it back on once the scans are completed.
  • Disable-Fast-Startup
  • Show-Hidden-Folders-Files-Extensions

 


Next, run these steps and post back the logs as an attachment when ready.


[ 1 ]

Malwarebytes for Windows

  • If you already have Malwarebytes installed then open Malwarebytes and click on the small gear icon, then click on the "Check for updates" button on the General tab.
  • After any updates, click the middle Scan button from the main page. It will automatically 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 us know in your next reply that the scanner would not run.

[ 2 ]

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner

  • Please download Malwarebytes AdwCleaner and save the file to your Desktop or Downloads folder.
  • Double-click to run the program - Malwarebytes AdwCleaner guide
  • Accept the End User License Agreement.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Click Scan Now.
  • DO NOT uninstall or remove the Preinstalled software if found. Uncheck any items listed as Preinstalled
  • When finished, if items are found please click Quarantine to finish the cleaning process.
  • Your PC should reboot now if any items were found.
  • After reboot, a log file will be opened. Attach that log to your next reply.
     
  • If No Detections are found, Click Skip Basic Repair

    WARNING: Do Not click the Run Basic Repair button unless instructed to by a Malwarebytes support agent or authorized helper


 

RESTART THE COMPUTER Before running Step 3

[ 3 ]

Gather MBST Logs

Please do the following so that we may take a closer look at your system for any possible infections.

NOTE: The tools and the information obtained are safe and not harmful to your privacy or your computer, please allow the programs to run if blocked by your system.

  • Download the Malwarebytes Support Tool
  • In your Downloads folder, open the mb-support-x.x.x.xxx.exe file
  • In the User Account Control pop-up window, click Yes to continue the installation
  • Run the MBST Support Tool
  • In the left navigation pane of the Malwarebytes Support Tool, 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 the Public desktop, please upload that file on your next reply

    WARNING: Do Not click the Repair System under Advanced unless requested to by a Malwarebytes support agent or authorized helper

 

Thank you

 

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I can assist you with removal of ESET if you wish to, just let me know.

Please run the following again.

 

 

Let's go ahead and run a couple of scans and get some updated logs from your system.


Please make the following changes.

 

  • Temporarily disable your antivirus real-time protection or other security software first if it blocks or interferes with the scans or downloads.. Make sure to turn it back on once the scans are completed.
  • Temporarily disable Microsoft SmartScreen to download software below only if needed. Make sure to turn it back on once the scans are completed.
  • Disable-Fast-Startup
  • Show-Hidden-Folders-Files-Extensions

 


Next, run these steps and post back the logs as an attachment when ready.


[ 1 ]

Malwarebytes for Windows

  • If you already have Malwarebytes installed then open Malwarebytes and click on the small gear icon, then click on the "Check for updates" button on the General tab.
  • After any updates, click the middle Scan button from the main page. It will automatically 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 us know in your next reply that the scanner would not run.

[ 2 ]

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner

  • Please download Malwarebytes AdwCleaner and save the file to your Desktop or Downloads folder.
  • Double-click to run the program - Malwarebytes AdwCleaner guide
  • Accept the End User License Agreement.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Click Scan Now.
  • DO NOT uninstall or remove the Preinstalled software if found. Uncheck any items listed as Preinstalled
  • When finished, if items are found please click Quarantine to finish the cleaning process.
  • Your PC should reboot now if any items were found.
  • After reboot, a log file will be opened. Attach that log to your next reply.
     
  • If No Detections are found, Click Skip Basic Repair

    WARNING: Do Not click the Run Basic Repair button unless instructed to by a Malwarebytes support agent or authorized helper


 

RESTART THE COMPUTER Before running Step 3

[ 3 ]

Gather MBST Logs

Please do the following so that we may take a closer look at your system for any possible infections.

NOTE: The tools and the information obtained are safe and not harmful to your privacy or your computer, please allow the programs to run if blocked by your system.

  • Download the Malwarebytes Support Tool
  • In your Downloads folder, open the mb-support-x.x.x.xxx.exe file
  • In the User Account Control pop-up window, click Yes to continue the installation
  • Run the MBST Support Tool
  • In the left navigation pane of the Malwarebytes Support Tool, 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 the Public desktop, please upload that file on your next reply

    WARNING: Do Not click the Repair System under Advanced unless requested to by a Malwarebytes support agent or authorized helper

 

Thank you

 

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You have your Downloads folder set to your Desktop on OneDrive which is not available in Safe Mode

Move your Downloads folder off of your Desktop to it's normal location and it should be available during Safe Mode

 

Your Current DownloadDir: C:\Users\micha\OneDrive\Desktop

By default it should be here:   C:\Users\micha\Downloads 

 

If you copy the uninstaller file to C:\ or your correct Downloads folder and start into Safe Mode it should work there without  network access

 

Using the ESET Uninstaller Tool
https://support.eset.com/en/kb2289-uninstall-eset-manually-using-the-eset-uninstaller-tool

Download the ESET Uninstaller Tool
https://download.eset.com/special/ESETUninstaller.exe

Alternate Download for the ESET Uninstaller Tool
https://download.eset.com/com/eset/tools/installers/eset_apps_remover/latest/esetuninstaller.exe

 

Please give that a try and let me know if that works now.

 

 

Decide for yourself if you want to use OneDrive or Teams

Uninstall Microsoft Teams or OneDrive
https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/300580-uninstall-microsoft-teams-or-onedrive/

 

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Current downloads setting says C:\Users\micha\Downloads but not surprised if its  C:\Users\micha\OneDrive\Desktop somehow

I deleted all things to do with OneDrive (or so I thought) and have no interest in teams either, followed the un-install instructions and were no where to be found except a OneDriveTemp folder on the c drive.

Tried to run ESET Uninstaller Tool in safe mode again off the desktop folder and was unsuccessful, wouldn't work but can deal with that later.

Something is still running in the background and the pc goes crazy with any virus scans & in safe mode.

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Okay, please run the following for me to get updated logs and we'll try to brute force remove ESET from Safe Mode

 

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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Thank you @WestEnderTO

Please rename this file:   C:\Users\micha\Desktop\FRST64 (1).exe 

 

Current name:  FRST64 (1).exe

NEW Name:  FRSTEnglish.exe

 

 

Then run the following. We'll see if we can remove ESET from Normal Mode. If not then we'll write a new fix to run in Safe Mode

 

 

 

Please run the following fix

 

NOTE: Please read all of the information below before running this fix.

  • 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.

Once the fix has been completed, please attach the file FIXLOG.TXT to your next reply

Farbar program:   FRSTEnglish.exe

Save the attached file:  FIXLIST.TXT to this folder C:\Users\micha\Desktop\

NOTE. It's important that both files, FRSTEnglish.exe, 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.

 

 

Run the Farbar program with Admin rights and press the Fix button just once and wait.

The fix may possibly take up to 60 minutes to complete

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 named Fixlog.txt in the same folder you ran the Farbar program from. Please attach that log on your next reply.

 

  1. NOTE:  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.
  2. NOTE: 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 may be automatically closed.
                Also, make sure you know the passwords for all websites as cookies may possibly be removed in some cases, but not all cases.
  3. NOTE: 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
  • Discord 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.

fixlist.txt

Thanks

 

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Thank you. That did not work.

Let's try it again from Safe Mode

 

 

The Farbar (FRST) program is located here in your downloads folder:  C:\Users\micha\Desktop\FRSTEnglish.exe

Please follow the process below to perform a fix in Safe Mode

 

Start in Safe mode:

  • Press the Windows icon on the keyboard together with the letter I, to get into the Settings.
  • Choose Update and Security.
  • From the menu at the left, choose Recovery.
  • Under the title Advanced startup at the right, choose Restart now.
  • From the window that will appear choose Troubleshoot and then Advanced options.
  • Choose Startup Settings and then Restart.
  • Press number 5, for choosing Safe mode with networking.
  • You will know that you are in Safe mode, if the background is black and Safe mode is written at the four corners of the screen.


After that:

Please do the following to run a FRST fix.

NOTICE: This script was written specifically for this user. Running it on another machine may cause damage to your operating system

  • Select the entire contents of the code box below, from the "Start::" line to "End::", including both lines. Right-click and select "Copy ". No need to paste anything to anywhere.

 

Start::
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender: [DisableAntiSpyware] Restriction
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender: [DisableAntiVirus] Restriction
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender: Restriction
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate: Restriction
GroupPolicy: Restriction
AV: ESET Security (Enabled - Up to date) {DF8BEACB-94C9-218A-73AD-A78362A8C516}
AV: McAfee VirusScan (Enabled - Up to date) {8BCDACFA-D264-3528-5EF8-E94FD0BC1FBC}
BootExecute: autocheck autochk * sdnclean64.exe
C:\EEK
C:\Program Files\ESET
C:\Program Files\McAfee
C:\ProgramData\ESET
C:\ProgramData\McAfee
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ESET
C:\Users\Default\Downloads\esetuninstaller.exe
C:\Users\micha\AppData\Local\Temp\*
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\eamonm.sys
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\edevmon.sys
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\eelam.sys
C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\ehdrv.sys
C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\ekbdflt.sys
C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\epfw.sys
ContextMenuHandlers1: [ESET Security Shell] -> {B089FE88-FB52-11D3-BDF1-0050DA34150D} => C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Security\shellExt.dll [2023-09-25] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
ContextMenuHandlers2: [ESET Security Shell] -> {B089FE88-FB52-11D3-BDF1-0050DA34150D} => C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Security\shellExt.dll [2023-09-25] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
ContextMenuHandlers6: [ESET Security Shell] -> {B089FE88-FB52-11D3-BDF1-0050DA34150D} => C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Security\shellExt.dll [2023-09-25] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
FW: ESET Firewall (Enabled) {E7B06BEE-DEA6-20D2-58F2-0EB69C7B826D}
FW: McAfee Firewall (Enabled) {B3F62DDF-980B-3470-75A7-407A2E6F58C7}
HKLM\...\Run: [egui] => C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Security\ecmds.exe [193984 2023-09-25] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MCODS => ""="Service"
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Network\McMPFSvc => ""="Service"
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Network\MCODS => ""="Service"
HKU\S-1-5-21-4005334683-175317995-2661601849-1001\...\Run: [MicrosoftEdgeAutoLaunch_ED02E366447D09E4F124EF89B233D989] => "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --no-startup-window --win-session-start /prefetch:5 [4131264 2023-10-12] (Microsoft Corporation -> Microsoft Corporation)
R0 edevmon; C:\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\edevmon.sys [118904 2023-08-04] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
R1 eamonm; C:\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\eamonm.sys [208704 2023-08-04] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
R1 ehdrv; C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\ehdrv.sys [249544 2023-08-04] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
R1 epfw; C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\epfw.sys [81712 2023-08-04] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
R1 epfwwfp; C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\epfwwfp.sys [123040 2023-08-04] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
R2 efwd; C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Security\efwd.exe [2528888 2023-09-25] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
R2 ekbdflt; C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\ekbdflt.sys [55424 2023-08-04] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
R2 ekrn; C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Security\ekrn.exe [3860080 2023-09-25] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
R3 ekrnEpfw; C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Security\ekrn.exe [3860080 2023-09-25] (ESET, spol. s r.o. -> ESET)
S0 eelam; C:\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\eelam.sys [16336 2023-08-03] (Microsoft Windows Early Launch Anti-malware Publisher -> ESET)
S1 epp; \??\C:\EEK\bin64\epp.sys [X]
S2 HP Comm Recover; "C:\Program Files\HPCommRecovery\HPCommRecovery.exe" [X]
S2 WildTangentHelper; "C:\Program Files (x86)\WildTangent Games\Integration\WildTangentHelperService.exe" [X]
End::

 

  • Right-click on FRSTEnglish in your Downloads folder, to run it as administrator. When the tool opens, click "yes" to the disclaimer.
  • Press the Fix button once and wait.
  • FRST will process fixlist.txt
  • When finished, it will produce a log fixlog.txt in your Downloads folder or where you have the Farbar program located.
  • Attach that log in your next reply.
 
Thank you
 
 
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From normal mode

Copy, Save, or download a new fresh copy of Farbar and make a new folder and copy it to the new folder

Make a new folder C:\FIX

Copy the Farbar program to that new folder.

Then access it from Safe Mode

Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to the new folder C:\FIX

 

Then save the attached file FIXLIST.TXT and save it to the C:\FIX folder as well

fixlist.txt

 

 

Then in SAFE MODE instead of doing the method above, simply click the FIX button as the fixlist file should already be in the same folder for it to find and run

 

When done it should write a FIXLOG.txt file to the C:\FIX folder. Attach that file on your next reply, please.

 

Thanks

 

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Great, that looks good @WestEnderTO

Now run the following again

 

 

Let's go ahead and run a couple of scans and get some updated logs from your system.


Please make the following changes.

 

  • Temporarily disable your antivirus real-time protection or other security software first if it blocks or interferes with the scans or downloads.. Make sure to turn it back on once the scans are completed.
  • Temporarily disable Microsoft SmartScreen to download software below only if needed. Make sure to turn it back on once the scans are completed.
  • Disable-Fast-Startup
  • Show-Hidden-Folders-Files-Extensions

 


Next, run these steps and post back the logs as an attachment when ready.


[ 1 ]

Malwarebytes for Windows

  • If you already have Malwarebytes installed then open Malwarebytes and click on the small gear icon, then click on the "Check for updates" button on the General tab.
  • After any updates, click the middle Scan button from the main page. It will automatically 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 us know in your next reply that the scanner would not run.

[ 2 ]

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner

  • Please download Malwarebytes AdwCleaner and save the file to your Desktop or Downloads folder.
  • Double-click to run the program - Malwarebytes AdwCleaner guide
  • Accept the End User License Agreement.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Click Scan Now.
  • DO NOT uninstall or remove the Preinstalled software if found. Uncheck any items listed as Preinstalled
  • When finished, if items are found please click Quarantine to finish the cleaning process.
  • Your PC should reboot now if any items were found.
  • After reboot, a log file will be opened. Attach that log to your next reply.
     
  • If No Detections are found, Click Skip Basic Repair

    WARNING: Do Not click the Run Basic Repair button unless instructed to by a Malwarebytes support agent or authorized helper


 

RESTART THE COMPUTER Before running Step 3

[ 3 ]

Gather MBST Logs

Please do the following so that we may take a closer look at your system for any possible infections.

NOTE: The tools and the information obtained are safe and not harmful to your privacy or your computer, please allow the programs to run if blocked by your system.

  • Download the Malwarebytes Support Tool
  • In your Downloads folder, open the mb-support-x.x.x.xxx.exe file
  • In the User Account Control pop-up window, click Yes to continue the installation
  • Run the MBST Support Tool
  • In the left navigation pane of the Malwarebytes Support Tool, 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 the Public desktop, please upload that file on your next reply

    WARNING: Do Not click the Repair System under Advanced unless requested to by a Malwarebytes support agent or authorized helper

 

Thank you

 

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Great, overall the logs look good. Let me have you run the following items.

 

SecurityCheck by glax24              


I would like you to run a tool named SecurityCheck to inquire about the current security update status of some applications.
CheckSecurity is a utility for quickly checking for the presence of vulnerable applications

  • Temporarily disable Microsoft SmartScreen to download the software
  • Download SecurityCheck by glax24: https://tools.safezone.cc/glax24/SecurityCheck/SecurityCheck.exe
  • If SmartScreen blocks the file from running click on More info and Run anyway
  • This tool is safe.   Smartscreen is overly sensitive. You can check the VirusTotal scan of the tool from here
  • 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 SecurityCheckC:\SecurityCheck\SecurityCheck.txt

Checked parameters:

  1. User Account Control (UAC).
  2. Service pack.
  3. IE version.
  4. Automatic OS update. Sets of critical KB patches when updating is disabled.
  5. Antivirus, firewall, other security utilities.
  6. Versions of Java, Oracle Virtualbox.
  7. Version of Adobe Flash Player, Adobe AIR.
  8. Versions of Adobe Reader, Acrobat Reader DC, Foxit Reader.
  9. Versions of media players (iTunes, AIMP, foobar2000).
  10. Versions of messengers (Skype, Pidgin).
  11. Versions of installed browsers (Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Yandex, SeaMonkey).
  12. Versions of mail programs (The Bat, Thunderbird).
  13. Checking running processes and security program services
  14. Searching for installed Adware programs and optimizer programs (More than 5000).

 

 

Next, let's run the Microsoft Safety Scanner

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
 

STEP 1

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

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7078-turn-off-show-all-folders-windows-10-navigation-pane.html

STEP 2

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 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/intelligence/safety-scanner-download

 

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.

 

It is normal for the Microsoft Safety Scanner to show detections during the scan process.

It is scanning for basically all bread crumbs or traces of files and registry entries that "might" be or have been part of some infection or previous infection.

That DOES NOT mean the computer is infected. Once the scan has been completed it uploads the log to their Cloud service which then uses Artificial Intelligence to determine if in fact any of the traces are an infection or not.

Then it writes into the log on your computer what it found.

 

Thank you

 

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The Microsoft log looks good.

Please update the following software

 

Then restart the computer and check for Windows Updates and install any security updates

 

Let me know how the computer is running now and if there are still any signs of infection or other issues

Thanks

 

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