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3 Trojans and 200 "Infected" (Adwares) in first scan.

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I have downloaded mbam, scanned my (XP Pro) PC, gotten 200 "malicious software" files identified by mbam (mbam log attached) with "no action" taken. All of them are "checked" by the mbam software for removal. Half are HKEY entries and the rest are a mixture of files, almost none of which are known to me to be dangerous but might be. Almost all say "Adware" in the description. But oddly, while HKEY items are Registry items and many are marked "infected," the log says

"Registry Data Items Infected: (No malicious items detected)."

Here are the few entries that don't say Adware but do say Trojan and would possibly be malicious, I presume:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{56256a51-b582-467e-b8d4-7786eda79ae0} (Trojan.Vundo) -> No action taken.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{56256a51-b582-467e-b8d4-7786eda79ae0} (Trojan.Vundo) -> No action taken.

C:\Documents and Settings\EV\Local Settings\Temp\32.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> No action taken.

To be conservative, should I delete only the ones marked Trojan and leave the rest? Or leave them all in place?

The HKEY entries are scary to remove, and the rest somewhat scary. Are most of these going to be usage tracking or helper things like cookies? How do I know if one is truly a danger? I don't mind the tracking if it helps present pertinent content to me, and I cannot take time to research 200 and do not wish to risk removal of that many without knowing what I'm doing. Furthermore others have been removed before only to reappear the next day. So,

How does one efficiently decide which are worth removing and which can and maybe should be left in place?

One other question: Since I found mbam by checking on a Zone Alarm warning about a password stealing trojan (ZeuS....), and said trojan is said to be used briefly and then changed, so quickly that it will often not be eradicated until after it is used by some of those PCs in that brief period, is there anything about mbam that makes it more likely than, say AVG (free), to find and disinfect this type of trojan? In other words is anything effective at all, and is this a reason to have both, or mbam alone?

Thanks for providing help for a free service like this.


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Hello and welcome to Malwarebytes....

You are most definitely infected there..... Trojan.Vundo can be hard to remove, you could try removing all selected items and found from Malwarebytes, then reboot as needed and run another scan to make sure its clean.... If you would like help with the cleaning process please follow the instructions below....

Please read the following so that you can begin the cleaning process:

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If you want to try and tackle it yourself, download, install, update and run full scans with Malwarebytes Antimalware and SuperAntispyware

(both are free downloads). NB Some infections will prevent their installation.

This response was in reply to the FunWebproducts item you listed -

funwebproducts.historyswattercontrolbar This is a large infection -

If you do not wish to remove them yourself , Please follow the advice from Firefox given above -

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Thanks for the encouragement. In spite of my fears of messing with HKEYs, I went ahead and used the mbam to remove all 300 infections, and it worked fine, evidently quarantining them. I browsed a few sites afterwards, and while it took a few extra tries to get some of my favorite sites to display on the browser, they all did display so far with little or no problem. Furthermore after the removal and a new browse session I rescanned with mbam and no further malware was noted when re-scanned. Nice product so far.

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This response was in reply to the FunWebproducts item you listed -

funwebproducts.historyswattercontrolbar This is a large infection -

If you do not wish to remove them yourself , Please follow the advice from Firefox given above -

Thanks for your encouragement, which I needed. All is now OK, but I am wondering if there is some reason why I should also download and perhaps run the other piece of software in your recommendation, SuperAntispyware. Looking at the offerings it appears that they do much the same thing, in that they both say they counter both malware and I think spyware (mbam certainly do so as to adware). And in the future, should I choose to scan occasionally with both or is one sufficient.

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