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Odd find by MBAM need an opinion


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#1 Nawtheasta

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 03:49 PM

Hello Community July 6, 2009
BC is always so helpful I thought I would post this here to get an opinion.
Not sure if I have a problem or not. Everything seems to be running OK. Running XP Home SP2. Recently I downloaded the latest version of McAfee Security suite. The sub. I had from time comp was new ran out and Comcast offers a free download so I took advantage of that. After download I set the Firewall setting to “Tight”. No problems except I need to give permissions for any new registry changes.
Today I did a malwarebytes quick scan. Two items were found
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.38
Database version: 2382
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

7/6/2009 2:59:50 PM
mbam-log-2009-07-06 (14-59-50).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 97555
Time elapsed: 6 minute(s), 48 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
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\Security Center\AntiVirusDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\FirewallDisableNotify (Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

I let MBAM remove and then it restarted the computer. After restart there was a notification balloon that said something like “Microsoft recently downloaded critical updates and your computer needs to be restarted” this only stayed up about 30 seconds and then went away on its own.
My questions
Could the balloon have been just a leftover notification but as I just did a restart whatever needed to install did install??
Windows installer is shown with full access under program permissions however did my tight firewall setting interfere with “critical updates”??
If I do nothing what’s the worst that could happen?
How do I see what updates are waiting to install? I know SP3 is there but that is a whole different issue.
Any input is appreciated and I thank you in advance.
Best Regards
Nawthesta

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#2 boopme

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 04:44 PM

Hello I am moving this from XP to Am I Infected as you may be..

Is this a Blue or Yellow ballon that pops up?
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Posted 06 July 2009 - 05:20 PM

It was a yellow balloon. There may have been a green check mark in the corner. Can't remember for sure.
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Posted 06 July 2009 - 09:16 PM

My questions
Could the balloon have been just a leftover notification but as I just did a restart whatever needed to install did install?? Yes that's all it was,information.

Windows installer is shown with full access under program permissions however did my tight firewall setting interfere with “critical updates”?? i think not but you may get a better answer from someone by asking here;AntiVirus, Firewall. WU may change your firewall settings tho' in some cases.

If I do nothing what’s the worst that could happen? You will not have the latest Security updates and patches for windows.

How do I see what updates are waiting to install? I know SP3 is there but that is a whole different issue.
First see Using Windows Update in XP
Start >> Windows Update
In XP's Windows Update applet, click "Review your update history"
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 08:00 AM

Hi Boopme July 7, 2009
Thanks for your response and follow-up.
A special thank you for the info. about reviewing my update history. My computer keeps reminding me that there is an update to install (SP3 ) but I did
not know if others were waiting also. I reviewed the update history per your instructions. The last update that installed was
Security Update for Windows XP (KB961501) on June 12
The only update listed as not installing was SP3 from August of 2008. Other then that everything is green checked as installing ok back to when I purchased this computer in April 2006. Auto updates has always been on.
I always get a square balloon that is associated with the yellow shield and exclamation point reminding me that SP3 is waiting. The round yellow balloon from yesterday was new. Still a little suspicious of that but it has not come back.
No other symptoms or problems. Last night I did full scans with SAS and MBAM. SAS found the usual tracking cookies but nothing else. MBAM was clean. Unless you advise otherwise I guess for now I will assume everything is ok.
I always tell anyone that has computer problems to check out BC. Because of you boopme, and other staffers like you those of us not as knowledgeable of the inner workings of these machines know we have a friend that can help.
Thanks Again
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 11:47 AM

Hi,I think it's all OK now.. You may want to try installing that SP# one day... but first.

Now you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been backed up, renamed and saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.
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