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What Is Mbamservice.exe Doing At Boot Time?

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WIN 7 SP1 x64, MBAM Pro

I have MBAM Pro set to download definition updates hourly. I have it scheduled to do a quick scan daily in the late afternoon.

What I have observed recently and always after a cold boot usually the first for the day is mbamservice.exe running for an extended period of time with concurent hard disk access. This activity occurs usually a few minutes after the initial definition update has occured. The activity goes on for a while; around 2 - 4 minutes.

I know how long a definition update takes, MBAM log shows 1 minute approx., on my PC and this activity runs much longer. I would assume it was a MBAM scan running but I was not aware that MBAM did a quick scan after a def. update?

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New day, new initial cold boot.

I have more info I am posting and I don't like what I am seeing! BTW - the other recent posting of mbamsevice being hijacked is right on point.

Today as MBAM Pro dials out for an update as expected. That update completes and a minute later another update is initiated. Now I am watching all this in TCPView and here is what I observed.

Svchost.exe dials out to IP and connection is established.

Mbamservice.exe starts running but this time only runs for a short time and then stops.

Now I know about the above - IP range since I have observed it doing suspicious activities in the past. I check my WIN 7 event logs and as I expected I see the following event:

Log Name: System

Source: Microsoft-Windows-DNS-Client

Date: 8/21/2011 8:34:48 AM

Event ID: 1014

Task Category: None

Level: Warning



Computer: xxx-PC


Name resolution for the name timed out after none of the configured DNS servers responded.

Note that the IP address is a RARP of

Appears this time the connection wasn't established completely hence the short span for mbamservice.exe run time.

Now I think an explaination by MBAM is needed as to what the heck is going on here? The activity I am seeing looks very much like a DNS rebind and hi-jack.

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I am 99% sure my original trial version download of MBAM was compromised. This was downloaded from one on the mirrors on your web site.

Yesterday, I did the MBAM Clean to uninstall, reboot, and reinstall from the CD for the boxed version of MBAM Pro I purchased a while back. Updated to current ver. and definitions. Also changed my firewall rules to log all TCP activity from svchost.exe.

Did my initial cold first boot of the day and watched everything in TCPView. Low and behold! No malformed dial-out to 24.143.196.xxx. No DNS Client WIN 7 event log entry for a time out for an RARP connection to xxx.196.143.24 after the MBAM update completed. No disk scanning with mbamservice.exe running for an extended period of time.

Did see a connection to IP which I had observed previously. I am hoping this is one of your IPs since this svchost.exe connection TCP port 80 outbound appears to have slipped through my firewall since I have no log entry for it.

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Did see a connection to IP which I had observed previously. I am hoping this is one of your IPs since this svchost.exe connection TCP port 80 outbound appears to have slipped through my firewall since I have no log entry for it.

Well that IP does not appear to be one of ours from the Content Delivery Network.

Name: 209-18-42-81.chi10.tbone.rr.com


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