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quick question antimalware, malwarebytes and safe mode

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#1 skyking1


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Posted 10 November 2009 - 12:29 PM

Quick question for you all:
I am in the process of killing antimalware today. The computer I am fixing would blue screen when I tried safe mode, but I finally got there. Unfortunately it is safe mode without networking.
Will I get antimalware out with malwarebytes WITHOUT an update?
I hate to reboot or do anything, it is so nice to work on it without all the popups and crap!
The registry keys are exactly as described in the guide posted yesterday.
link to your guide

I tried installing malwarebytes, it won't run after install, in safe mode.

EDIT 2: something deleted mbabm.exe during the install process. No problem, I installed on another computer and moved it on over.

Edited by skyking1, 10 November 2009 - 01:01 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 03:22 PM

Try running this application and then run mbam

Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 2
Link 3
Link 4
  • Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.
  • If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.
  • A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.
  • If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.
  • If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.
  • If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.
Do not reboot the computer or you will have to run it again


When you cannot update mbam

download the definition updates from another computer, save them to a flash (usb, pen, thumb, jump) drive or CD and transfer to the infected machine. Then just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install the update. If you cannot transfer or install from the infected machine, try installing the file directly from the flash drive to your machine.Mbam-rules.exe is not updated daily. Another way to get the most current database definitions is to install MBAM on a clean computer, launch the program, update through MBAM's interface, copy the definitions (rules.ref) to a USB stick or CD and transfer that file to the infected machine. Copy rules.ref to the location indicated for your operating system.
  • XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Vista: C:\Documents and Settings\Users\All Users\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
If you cannot see the folder, then you may have to Reconfigure Windows to show it.
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#3 skyking1

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:23 PM

Here's what I have done(prior to reading this post):
Moved over an mbam.exe
Ran it
fixed 30-odd items
connected to network and updated mbam
ran it
fixed 70+items

I ran hijackthis and cleaned up the porn popups that I had failed to mention too!

In the aftermath, all seems well except I get an error message when trying to use msconfig, about needing to log in as an administrator. Of course I am logged in as an administrator. I don't quite know how to fix that one yet, but the bugs are gone.

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