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I bought a usb ports from Temu in China (maybe not a good idea!). When I plugged it on my computer it went funny, hard to explain and straight away I had to rebboot my computer and my printer as well telling there were new upgrades to download. I did it. But I felt weird, my computer never asked me such thing. My computer is working fine but I wonder if I got something put in my computer. Malwarebytes doesn't find anything. How could I be sure and clean my computer if something was in the usb ports? Hope the message is clear. Thank you for your help

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@sophiee

Let's get the info to get the process started.

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

Do these 2 steps FIRST so that files and folders 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/

Then please restart the computer and do the following.

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

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. The tool also downloads and runs a file called FRSTEnglish. Please allow it to run.
  • 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 Desktop or on the hidden Public desktop (usually C:\Users\Public\Desktop), please upload that file on your next reply

    Then be patient for the next expert to take your case.

Thank you

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On 1/21/2024 at 1:32 PM, sophiee said:

Hi There,

I bought a usb ports from Temu in China (maybe not a good idea!).

Temu has a very bad reputation. Agreed not a good idea to buy from them. I would not insert it into the computer anymore.

 

Please take your time, no rush, and follow the steps below as laid out.

[ 1 ]

Please go to Control Panel, Programs, Programs and Features, Uninstall a program

Then right-click and uninstall the following

  • Bonjour (This program is rarely needed on Windows. It is a network discovery tool by Apple but it often causes network issues on Windows) 
     

 

[ 2 ]

ATTENTION: System Restore is disabled (Total:933.51 GB) (Free:792.88 GB) (85%)

Please enable System Protection and create a NEW System Restore Point

Turn On or Off System Protection for Drives in Windows 11
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/turn-on-or-off-system-protection-for-drives-in-windows-11.3598/

Create System Restore Point in Windows 11
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/create-system-restore-point-in-windows-11.3602/

 

[ 3 ]

Please make the following change in Malwarebytes if you're using the Premium or Trial version

  • Please open Malwarebytes. Click on the small gear icon to open the Settings and go to the Security tab.
  • Then turn off "Always register Malwarebytes in the Windows Security Center"
  • Restart the computer

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It is highly unlikely that you need to setup exclusions for Windows Defender, however if you experience any issues, please see the following article and setup exclusions
between Malwarebytes and Windows Defender

Malwarebytes for Windows antivirus exclusions list
https://support.malwarebytes.com/hc/en-us/articles/360038522974-Malwarebytes-for-Windows-antivirus-exclusions-list

 

[ 4 ]

The logs do not show any obvious signs of infection, but we'll go ahead and do some generic checks and clean up just in case.

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\sophi\Downloads\

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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Hello @AdvancedSetup

still with you, I have managed to do it all except the last part with the fix. Do I have to download Farbar first? which can be trusted? 

how do I do to make sure that FRSTEnglish.exe, and fixlist.txt are in the same location or the fix will not work?

 

and how do I do that "Please make sure you disable any real-time antivirus or security software before running this script. Once completed, make sure you re-enable it."?

thank you for your help.

Sophie

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