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#1 John Fairfield

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 07:55 AM


I'm afraid I'm a bit of a novice. I have the brastk.exe virus which I thought I'd removed by using my avast antivirus scan in SAFE mode...all seemed well as I'd moved the infected files to the chest, where I could, or deleted them where I couldn't. I did notice, after this, that the virus had switched off my firewall as I kept getting EXPLOIT attempt messages popping up. I switched the firewall back on. All seemed well and the exploit messages stopped appearing.

However 48 hrs later, in the middle of a browse on ebay, the PC rebooted itself again and after logging back in the same popup from the task bar had reappeared telling me i was infected with spyware. I haven't ever clicked on this popup as it looked dodgy from the start! Presumably either the virus was hidden elsewhere on my PC (and Avast hadn't picked it up) or it somehow got downloaded again.

I intend to download and run the anti-malware program as recomended by Superbird (mawarebytes anti malware) however does it matter that I'm already running Avast (which I've generally found very good apart from this)...is one likely to overide the other?? Apologies is this is a stupid question!

Is this a new virus by the way?...and who invents them, I've spent ages trying to sort this out!


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Posted 29 October 2008 - 03:16 PM

There shouldn't be any conflicts with running MBAM and Avast. When you have done the scan, please post the log in your next reply. Also, I will repost the instructions for ease of access.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • 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.
Note: 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, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.

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