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I apologize if this is the wrong place for this thread, please move it if that is the case.

I believe I have recently acquired a virus that likes to delete the executables for Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes. The problem began when I noticed that my laptop computer was acting erratically so I went to run a virus scan using MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials). That was when I noticed that MSE was displaying an error message: "Microsoft Security Essentials isn't monitoring your computer because the program's service stopped."

I searched online for an explanation and it was suggested that a virus was deleting the executable. Knowing that Malware had fixed a previous problem for me I downloaded it, started my laptop in safe mode, installed Malwarebytes on my laptop, and ran it. Shortly after it started scanning however, the program shut off without warning. I tried to start it again and I was informed that I could not run the program (in addition the Malwarebytes logo changed to a blank logo). It wouldn't run again until I reinstalled Malwarebytes, but running the scanner again just caused the same problem.

Does anyone have a suggestion to fix this problem?

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Hello, and welcome to Malwarebytes, MasterSquirrel:

Sorry to hear that your computer may be infected.

Alas, we cannot work on malware detection/removal in this part of the General MBAM forum.

Please read the following to get started on the cleaning process:

  • Excellent, self-help troubleshooting info for getting MBAM to run on an infected machine can be found here.
  • And there are specific, self-help malware removal instructions here.

If you would like expert assistance with cleaning your system, there are 3 support options from which to choose:

  • Option 1 -- Free, Expert advice in the Malware Removal Forum
  • Option 2 -- Free support for paying customers using MBAM PRO -- Contact MBAM Support via email
  • Option 3 -- Premium, Fee-Based Support

OPTION 1

As we don't deal with malware removal in this General MBAM Forum, you need to start a topic in the Malware Removal forum so that a qualified helper can help you fix any malware related problems/infections you may have.

  • First, please print out, read and follow the directions here, skipping any steps you are unable to complete.
  • If the infection has so crippled the computer that you cannot follow most/all of the requested steps, then please just proceed as advised below:
  • Then please post a NEW topic in the Malware Removal forum.
  • When posting your new thread, please make sure that, under "options", you select Track this topic and choose Immediate Email Notification, so that you're alerted when someone has replied to your post.
  • One of the expert helpers there will give you free, one-on-one assistance when one becomes available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do NOT make any further changes to your computer such as (Install/Uninstall programs; use special fix tools; delete files; edit the registry; OR use temp file cleaners, etc...) unless advised by a malware removal helper. Doing so can result in system changes which may hinder the attempts by a helper to clean your machine.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please DO NOT post back to your topic or "bump" it within the first 48 hours.

Replying to your own posts changes the post count from zero. Helpers are looking for topics with zero replies. If you reply to your own post, helpers may think that you're already being helped and thus may overlook your post. This will only delay your obtaining assistance.


  • o If there is no reply from any experts after 48 hours, you can reply to the topic, asking for help again.
    Or
    o You may send a Private Message to a Moderator asking for assistance.

OPTION 2

Alternatively, as a paying customer using MBAM PRO, you can contact the help desk at support@malwarebytes.org or here.

OPTION 3

If you would like to use the Malwarebytes Premium Services (Comprehensive solutions to all your computer support needs -- from installation and set-up to troubleshooting and tune-ups), please go to the Malwarebytes Premium Services support site.

Please be patient -- someone will assist you as soon as it is possible.

Thanks very much!

daledoc1

PS: Please use the zMn2t.jpg button instead of other ones when you reply here and at the other forums, so that it will be easier to read. :)

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