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Please see our conversation below. I don't know what is going on but a registry key that is removed by malwarebytes, just simply comes back.

Sorry for the delay, that is indeed strange, that seems legit. I would ask in the Malwarebytes forum, I can help out if needed too.



Thanks for your reply. I remove it with MBAM and it comes back. I delete it manually from the registry and it comes back instantly, I change a folder in the registry go back to run and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\smss32.exe is back. I don't know what is writing it. What is interesting enough is that if I change HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\smss32.exe to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\igfxtray.exe then it stays that way, I delete it and it comes back as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\igfxtray.exe. Really weird. I would think that it is safe it stays at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\igfxtray.exe.

Take care,


Hi again,

Is it still being detected? If MBAM removed it and it's not appearing again, then it should be fine. :(


I'm sorry to bother you but I thought that I was clean but I ran Malwarebytes today and smss32.exe registry value is back. I don't know what is going on.

Registry Values Infected:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\smss32.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

I am referring to my closed thread at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic299712.html

Is my computer still clean?

Take care,


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Extremeboy should be able to assist you on his own. I would just stay working with him and if he needs information or has questions about our product he'll be able to contact us as well, but as he did say in his reply that he can help you too, so I would take him up on that offer.

Thank you.

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