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Brastk.exe, big problem.

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#1 needmoney90


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Posted 24 October 2008 - 12:24 AM

Today I was on my computer doing homework, when suddenly a red X appeared in my system tray. It said that I had a virus on my computer, and that I should install a program that it was leading me too. This was an obvious attempt to install a virus (it literally had spelling errors and all) so I attempted to close it. In the system tray, a second picture came up. It was a yellow triangle with an exclamation in it, and was saying someone was "trying to break into my computer", and to install its software. This, again, was obviously not microsoft created, so I closed the bubble out. At this point, I attempted to open task manager, and everything went to hell. My computer said that task manager was disabled by an administrator, and I couldnt open it. This was where everything went wrong. All my programs started shutting down, with the red X bubble in the tray spamming popup bubbles. My desktop background changed into a blue background with words on it, saying this:

Warning: Spyware threat has been detected on your PC.


Your computer has several fatal errors due to spyware activity.

It is strongly recommended to install an antispyware software to close all security vulnerabilities.

Antispyware software helps protect your PC against spyware and other security threats.


My computer grew more and more laggy, until it shut down on its own, and restarted. When it restarted, the normal screen where it shows icons for which user to log in as was gone, replaced by the older "username" "password" boxes, with user filled in. I attempted to log in as administrator, but a dialog box informed me that administrator was restricted to my access level. I have had no problems logging into administrator before, so I am 99% sure this was an effect of this virus. I logged onto my normal account, and tried task manager again. Again, restricted. Regedit? Restricted. My computer froze, and I restarted it. This happened twice. Then, I pulled out the internet cable. This seemed to work, but my computer still had the virus and inordinate popups and restrictions. Because task manager was disabled, I had no idea what was causing these problems, so I opened cheatengine.exe (a commonly used program for attaching to and editing the values of any process on your process list) and viewed what processes were running. Two stood out that I had never seen before, Brastk.exe, and Facegame.exe. Cheat engine can not end processes, so I used a flashdrive and downloaded the program Process Explorer on google, then brought it over to the infected one. It showed all the processes, and I closed the ones I had never seen before out. The spam has stopped for now, but I dont know for how long. I reconnected to the internet when I was sure the virus was not in my RAM, and I am writing this message now. Is there anyone who has had this issue before and knows how to fix it? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 08:59 AM

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
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  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.
  • Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
-- If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes.

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