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I removed Hijack.Start menu with MBAM


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#1 RknRusty

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 10:38 PM

As the title states, I ran malwarebytes and the only threat it found was "hijack.start menu." I removed it before I investigated it and found it's actually supposed to be there.

Here is the log entry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowMyComputer (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1)

Everything about the start menu seems normal so far. What would this change?

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:04 PM

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowMyComputer (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good:

There is malware that hides "My Computer" from the start menu in an attempt to make it harder to access the file system thus making it harder to collect samples and/or kill the infection yourself . If you have chosen to remove this option yourself please use the ignore function to avoid seeing this detection in the future .

explanation by nosirrah, Malwarebytes Staff

There are various tweaking programs which can keep My Computer from appearing in the Start Menu. You can even perform that action in Windows by right-clicking Start > select Properties > Customize... under the Start Menu tab > Advanced tab > My Computer, check the box "Don't display this item" and click Ok twice. To add it back to the Start Menu, you repeat those steps but this time check "Display as a link".
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Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:29 PM

Thanks quietman.
So if I understand, I mostly did nothing. I'm still not clear about whether it is a bit of malware, or a legitimate part of Windows.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 01:10 PM

If a scan is showing this entry and there no other signs of infection, then having MBAM add them to the Ignore list (by right-clicking) will prevent the detections from showing in future scans. If you are experiencing symptoms of malware and did not disable the entry yourself, then further investigation is warranted as there is no way to specifically tell how or by what something became disabled. There are infections that disable certain Start menu items so that's why MBAM is detecting that setting and letting you know it is disabled.

Usually when your machine is infected with malware, you will experience other signs and symptoms (pop-up alerts, slow computer, poor performance, browser redirects, etc) that indicate something is wrong.
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Posted 09 February 2010 - 03:14 PM

Okay, now I understand. I did have that start menu item purposely disabled. Thanks for clearing it up for me.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 03:19 PM

You're welcome. :thumbsup:
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