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WiniFighter / MOVED to AII


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#1 tstorer

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 01:03 PM

Greetings. My son's laptop, running Vista, is infected with WiniFighter, a fake antivirus application that pops up nagging windows to get you to buy it.

I have carried out the removal instructions given by this site (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-winifighter), but the beast remained. Then I carried out the manual removal instructions given at 2spyware.com (http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-winifighter.html). WiniFighter is still there.

I am not used to Vista and I'm not sure how to get the system version number. In Windows Explorer I find: Windows Vista Premium Family Edition, Version 6.0 (number 6001: Service Pack 1). (The locale is French so I'm translating those.) Can Vista possibly be on version 6 already? Surely not.

Anyway, any help will be greatly appreciated.

Edited by garmanma, 12 July 2009 - 06:17 PM.


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Posted 12 July 2009 - 06:36 PM

Lets take a look with Malwarebytes

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from here:
Malwarebytes
Please rename the file BEFORE downloading to zztoy.exe instead of mbam-setup.exe

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. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Full Scan", then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
* Copy&Paste the entire MBAM report (even if it does not find anything) in your next reply

Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process, if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.


If Malwarebytes won't install or run

Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.

If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.




P.S. Vista is Microsoft's 6th version of Windows, just like XP is 5th. So yes, version 6 is correct.
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 02:07 AM

Thanks for your reply, and sorry for posting in the wrong forum!

The problem seems to have been fixed. After my last previous anti-WiniFighter operations as described in my initial post, I rebooted the computer and WiniFighter came right back. That was when I posted my SOS here. However, one more reboot seems to have done the trick: my son reports that WiniFighter is no longer appearing. I'll remember that an additional reboot can have an effect (although I don't know why).

As ever, thanks for your work on this excellent site, a real public resource.

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 06:21 AM

The Winifighter might not have been the only infection on your system. If you are sure you got everything, then your welcome for the advice. Otherwise, if you just want to be sure, go ahead and follow the Malwarebytes instructions.

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