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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Malware or false alarm?
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:40:52 PM »
I was wondering that, about using TFC for occasional cleanup. I think I'll keep it on my computer then. Thanks Corrine.

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Malware or false alarm?
« on: January 13, 2013, 10:15:14 AM »
Also, I deleted TFC from my computer.

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Malware or false alarm?
« on: January 13, 2013, 09:58:47 AM »
I ran TFC just now. Everything went fine. Once again, thanks for your help, Corrine.

Dianne

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Malware or false alarm?
« on: January 12, 2013, 10:48:45 PM »
Hi Corrine, Thanks so much for your explanation and reassurances. It's good to know that the threat was taken care of by... something. :grin: I have MSE, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, and Spywareblaster - so one of them must have intervened. I just wanted to double-check with you to make sure I have nothing to worry about. And, I'm glad to be rid of Java, especially since reading about how risky it is to have. Everything seems to be working fine without it.

I'm going to run TFC tomorrow, when I'm more awake.  :lol: I'll let you know how everything goes.

Thanks again!

Dianne

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Malware or false alarm?
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:12:07 PM »
Hi, I'm back! :smiley: I found something in ‘History’ in MSE last night, and would like to know if it’s something to worry about, or if it’s a false alarm. Leading up to this (and maybe unrelated), I had a couple of problems updating Java two nights ago, and after I updated to the latest version, something strange happened. I restarted my computer as per java's update instructions, and Win Patrol seemed to disappear from my computer. This happened directly after 'Scotty' asked me if I wanted to allow an add-on from Java. I allowed it because I took this to mean it detected that I had updated Java, but I could have misunderstood.

Right after that, the Scotty icon disappeared from the taskbar. I tried to open Win Patrol from the 'All Programs' list just to see if I could open it that way, but it wouldn't open. Today, after doing a bit of research on the internet, I decided to uninstall Java and also uninstall Win Patrol (because it wouldn't open). I figured I could reinstall Win Patrol at some point again. I uninstalled Java mainly because I wasn't really sure if I need it. I figured if 'things' don't work well from this point on I would reinstall that, too, at some point.

So that is the history up until I looked into MSE after I got a Windows 'alert' (last night) on my taskbar telling me something with MSE went awry because of 'Telemetry' something or other : P - I got this once before, and it didn't turn out to be anything important. I opened up MSE and took a look in History, nothing was in Quarantine, btw. And just a note, I started this post last night and saved it to post today. Since then I saw ravencajun's post at GW about java, and then Corrine's blog about java, so I have no qualms about uninstalling java). Do you think I should just remove the trojan from the history and forget about it (seems it was already quarantined)? Here is a copy of it from MSE History (Thank you):


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Security Software Programs / Re: What does this symbol mean in WinPatrol?
« on: October 20, 2012, 07:50:53 PM »
Thanks Corrine, good to know - the symbol does get your attention.  :grin:

Dianne

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Security Software Programs / What does this symbol mean in WinPatrol?
« on: October 20, 2012, 06:37:36 PM »
Hi Corrine (:smiley:), I have another WinPatrol question for you. I updated Java 7 update 7 to Java 7 update 9 today. Afterwards, Scotty asked me if I wanted to add the latest Java add-on (can't remember the exact wording). I said 'yes'? I mean, YES. ha

When I looked into IE Helpers I saw that this add-on has an exclamation mark in a yellow shield. Does this mean something is wrong, is it some kind of warning? Just thought I'd check. I'll post 2 screenshots:




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Security Software Programs / Re: General WinPatrol user question
« on: August 28, 2012, 09:17:07 AM »
Thanks for your help, Corrine. I'll follow your tips. It's a definite learning curve for me, but I'll stick with it. I'm sure it will help me learn more about my computer.

I think I see a program or two that I can delay start. I don't see Adobe Reader Speed Launcher, though.

If I get an alert that I'm completely unsure of, I'll ask here.

Thanks again, Dianne

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Security Software Programs / General WinPatrol user question
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:56:00 PM »
Since cleaning up my computer and adding the recommended security programs (Superantispyware, SpywareBlaster, MSE, Secunia, and WinPatrol) (I already had Malwarebytes), I find the only program I'm unsure about using to its' full potential (or just about any potential)  :grin: is WinPatrol.

It's obviously a very fine and intricate program, but I'm wondering if WinPatrol is for the more computer-savvy person who knows about the inner workings of computers. For instance, since installing WinPatrol, Scotty has given me 5 or 6 alerts; BUT, I don't know what the alerts are really about. A message pops up (I wish I had 'snipped' the messages so I could post them), and I remember the first one said something about a file extension had changed, and do I want to keep the change. Honestly, I had no idea. And another said some (inner-most-Windows-something-or-other file) was going to be changing, and do I want to do it? Again, I don't know if I want to or not. I had a few more alerts where I really didn't feel I had the knowledge to answer 'yes' or 'no'; so each time I just closed the window and let Scotty decide for me.  :wink:

I looked through the options and where it shows 'Recent' (activities), it shows programs I can remove (pertaining to recent malware attacks), and I can see the programs I wouldn't want to remove for sure, but there are programs that I'm unsure of. I could go on, but basically, I wonder if I have enough computer knowledge to use the program. I'm going to give it a chance, and try to learn more about it. And I hope I don't sound whiney, but I'm really wondering if WinPatrol is a program for the really advanced user, or do you think anyone can use it? Thanks... D.

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Spyware (Zbot.OUT) found
« on: August 27, 2012, 05:16:44 PM »
I will do that. Thanks. And once again thank you for all of your help with my computer over these past weeks, Corrine.

Dianne

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Spyware (Zbot.OUT) found
« on: August 27, 2012, 12:09:00 PM »
I'm not sure if I should be posting and reopening this thread or not, but I just wanted to say (for anyone who might be curious) that I seem to have the CBS Log issues straightened out. It's a bit of a long story, but in the end I had to uninstall IE9 and 8, and reinstall IE9. Things are looking pretty good right now, and I no longer have the CBS Log errors. Thanks, Corrine, for referring me to Sysnative.  :smiley:

A few posts ago, I said that I had unchecked 'warn if changing between secure and not secure mode'; I checked my settings on the new IE9 install, and it's still unchecked. Should I just leave it unchecked? I'm not sure if it's normally checked or not by default.

Thanks, D.



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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Spyware (Zbot.OUT) found
« on: August 19, 2012, 08:52:33 PM »
Sorry to hear about your computer issues, Corrine. I hope you can fix it.  :)

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Spyware (Zbot.OUT) found
« on: August 19, 2012, 06:17:41 PM »
Corrine, I was able to send the CBS logs to a zipped file. So, I'll go to the other forum and post them. Hopefully there is something in them.  :lol: (See you there.)

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Spyware (Zbot.OUT) found
« on: August 18, 2012, 10:13:58 PM »
Part II.  I hope you don't mind helping me with this Corrine, but I also have a question about the AVG removal that I did earlier before installing MSE. I was just checking my programs list in my control panel, and I see I still have 2 programs by AVG. One called visual C++8.0 runtime setup package by AVG Technologies CX, s.r.o; and the other is called Visual Studio Redistributables 2008 by AVG Technologies. Should I just uninstall these from the Programs and Features list? They are taking up 2.23 MB and 11.7 MB respectively. I actually ran the AVG removal tool a few times since I did keep finding avg files. I ended up just deleting some of them manually. 

btw, my computer is running really fast right now. I did a defragmentation this afternoon, which took almost 5 hours, but wow, what a difference it seemed to make. I'll have to do defrags more often. Helps to have no spyware, mainly, though (although I'm cautiously optimistic).  :laugh: With Malwarebytes, Spywareblaster, Superantispyware, MSE, and now WinPatrol (as of today) installed, I hope I'm covered. WinPatrol is a bit of a mystery, but any questions and I'll ask in the WinPatrol part of the forum. Thank you, as always. D.

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Spyware (Zbot.OUT) found
« on: August 18, 2012, 09:51:15 PM »
Good job on the Security Alert.  DonnaB and I discussed making that change but wanted to trouble-shoot other things first.

I hope I didn't jump the gun on that since you may have found another way to get rid of the Security Alert without me unchecking the security warning. Hopefully it won't make my computer vulnerable by me doing that, but in the 3 or 4 years I've had this computer (or any other computer) I've never received an alert telling me I was about to leave a secure connection for an unsecure one. I was a bit nervous about resetting my IE to default though just in case I had to reset anything manually after that, which I was afraid I wouldn't know how to do.

I uninstalled ComboFix as per your instructions. I was wondering about the TDSSKiller, DDS, and Security Check. I just went ahead and typed each one in the Visa Search line, and deleted all the relevant files, etc. from there. Would that be sufficient to uninstall the programs from my computer?

About the CBS logs. I was thinking I might have a problem with those, and I did. I couldn't send the files to a compressed zipped folder on the desktop because I got the message 'file not found or no read permission'. I'm sure the file was found since it's pretty big so it had to be the no read permission. How do I get around that? I tried going into the security settings but didn't really know what to do once I got there, and didn't want to mess up my computer by experimenting. It might be awhile before I get to Sysnative...  :) Thanks, D.

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