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#1 JohnHS

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 08:15 PM

My neighbor asked my help in dealing with a problem on his Windows XP desktop. I discovered that his system was infected with WinPC Defender malware. I Googled and found bleepingcomputer's MBAM removal tool. Since the incessant popups on my friend's system prevent or impede a lot its functionality -- including getting an uninterrupted internet connection for a direct internet download! -- I decided to try using my own PC to download MBAM to my HD, and then copied it to my optical drive onto a blank CD-R disc.

My first question to the forum members is: Can I successfully install the CD-stored MBAM tool to my neighbor's PC as an alternative to the internet download method?

Note: If this method is deemed to be an effective alternative, then I should also mention that I planned to install it to my neigbor's PC while in Safe Mode.

My second question then is: Will the Safe Mode installation be possible -- or better yet, helpful?

Please help me help my neighbor! Thanks.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 09:27 PM

Yes, it will work
Mbam is best run in normal mode, if possible
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 12:00 AM

hi you will also need to get the latest up date
Manually Downloading 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.
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:24 AM

Thanks to Garmanma & Boopme for your replies to my questions!

Edited by JohnHS, 31 May 2009 - 10:26 AM.


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Posted 31 May 2009 - 05:53 PM

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:34 AM

WinPC Defender may prevent you from installing or running MBAM.

If MBAM will not install, try renaming it and changing the file extension. <- click this link if you do not see the file extension
  • Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file, rename it to mysetup and change the .exe extension to .scr, .com, .pif, or .bat.
  • Then double-click on mysetup.scr (or whatever extension you renamed it) to begin installation.
  • If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files.
  • Right-click on mbam.exe, rename it to myscan and change the .exe extension in the same way as noted above.
  • Double-click on myscan.scr (or whatever extension you renamed it) to launch the program.
If using Windows Vista, refer to How to Change a File Extension in Windows Vista.

If it still won't run, then try this (you can also download and save to a CD or USB drive).

Please download and scan with Dr.Web CureIt - alternate download link.
Follow these instructions for performing a scan in "safe mode" after running ATF-Cleaner.
If you cannot boot into safe mode, then perform your scan in normal mode. Be aware, this scan could take a long time to complete.

When done, try running MBAM again.
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