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Virus "PCMightyMax"


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#1 akjim777

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:42 PM

I have more than just this problem, but lets start with "PCMightyMax". One Care Safety Scanner cannot remove it, so what do I do? I tried a clean install from the OS disk, still there. I'm an Alaskan bush guy, who is new to computers, so go easy on me!
My Computer is a Gateway m-6846 with Vista Home Premium 64bit with SP1. With my head hanging low, I must admit that I downloaded pcmightymax myself! Why my Norton 360 didn't even bother to warn me is something that i've yet to understand. The reason that I was downloading this trash in the first place, is that whenever I try to shut-down my laptop, the desk top icons disappear and it hangs. It will hang there for 5 to 10 to 15 minutes and finally goes to the blue screen that says "shutting down" with the blue spinning thingy. I've been told that just pushing the power button to turn it off is not good for it, so I've put it on its chill mat, went to school, come back 7 hours later, and it's still on the shutting down screen. Same if I click restart. I.T. guy at the college told me it was more than likely registry problems. Hence , the reason I downloaded the trash. I would appreciate any and all help. Thanks akjim777

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 11:51 PM

Hello I am moving this to the Am I Infected forum from Vista for scans. This should remove it.

PCMightyMax, is a fake registry cleaner/system optimizer. Like other scam-ware, PC MightyMax pops up fake error alerts to try and scare you into buying PC MightyMax.

Next run MBAM:
Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.36) and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
If you have a previous version of MBAM, remove it via Add/Remove Programs and download a fresh copy.
  • 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. Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer, copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from that system to a usb stick or CD and then copy it to the infected machine.
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 using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.

Edited by boopme, 03 May 2009 - 11:53 PM.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 11:51 PM

strange, reformatting the hard drive normally works, but in this case it obviously didnt the virus managed to hang on, I would try reformatting again, and this time using software similar to killdisk to completly erase the hard drive, then reinstall the Hard drive. and if that doesnt work, it may not be a virus but hardware issues.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 10:58 PM

Here is the notepad you asked for Boopme,

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.36
Database version: 2075
Windows 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1

5/4/2009 8:39:51 PM
mbam-log-2009-05-04 (20-39-51).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 58000
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 7 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoActiveDesktopChanges (Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Was that the "pcmightymax" or do I not truly have as the onecare safety scanner indicated?
Is the item detected the reason for my computer not shutting down?
Does it have anything to do with the fact that I can't seem to get windows updates?
Or should I just get out my biggest hammer and relieve all this stress?

Thanks alot for help and time
Jim

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 11:08 PM

yes this is interesting.. what tools have you run here? As the Patriot mentioned wiping the drive first will eliminate it. It would appear something more sinister was on here.

If you would like plese run these Run ATF and SAS:
From your regular user account..
Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
Close browsers before scanning.
Scan for tracking cookies.
Terminate memory threats before quarantining
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Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode
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Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox or Opera browser click that browser at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program
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NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.

To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log.
A text file will open in your default text editor.
Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
Click Close to exit the program.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:19 AM

Does it matter that the only way that I can shut down my computer is to use the power switch?
If not, then I'll do it and get back to you tomorrow evening.
Thanks again
Jim

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 03:56 PM

No it does matter. As I think the malware is gone I think you should ask about this in the VIsta forum up top. Thanks.
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