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Some FB game is trashing my system

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#1 Bfreemannh


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Posted 26 May 2010 - 04:39 PM

I should have known better.
I let down my guard and chose to install some stupid sniper game on the right of FaceBook.
I never do this. I just new the moment I clicked install, I made a bad choice.

Since then my mouse can get choppy and video sound stutters on web and local.

Windows 7, core2, 2GB. Chrome user!!!

I was running MSSE at the time and since added and have been running SBSD and MB, safe and reg mode.

Originally found Gamevance and FakeXPA, now just finding several tracking cookies. Seems to run better after a suite of scans but goes back to choppy after a couple days and finds several more tracking cookies.

This system ran rock solid for over a year before this hit.

Any instruction would be appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 05:24 PM

Those aren't "games". Those are paid advertisements for websites. Looks can be deceptive. Some look like that, but can end up as a virus

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 08:40 PM

Did you uninstall the Game in Control Panel?

Next run ATF and SAS: If you cannot access Safe Mode,run in normal ,but let me know.

Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

From your regular user account..
Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
Close browsers before scanning.
Scan for tracking cookies.
Terminate memory threats before quarantining
Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode

Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox or Opera browser click that browser at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program

NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.

To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log.
A text file will open in your default text editor.
Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
Click Close to exit the program.

Rerun MBAM (MalwareBytes) like this:

Open MBAM in normal mode and click Update tab, select Check for Updates,when done
click Scanner tab,select Quick scan and scan (normal mode).
After scan click Remove Selected, Post new scan log and Reboot into normal mode.

Please ask any needed questions,post logs and Let us know how the PC is running now.
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 03:19 PM

Thank you for responding.
I followed your instructions to the T.
My system appears to be functioning normally at the moment.

Here are my Logs. Can tracking cookies alone affect my performance in that way?
Should I take any further steps? Is MSSE my best choice for realtime active scanning protection?


SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log

Generated 05/27/2010 at 07:33 AM

Application Version : 4.38.1004

Core Rules Database Version : 4996
Trace Rules Database Version: 2808

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:40:46

Memory items scanned : 335
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 6923
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 89393
File threats detected : 60

Adware.Flash Tracking Cookie

Adware.Tracking Cookie


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46

Database version: 4148

Windows 6.1.7600
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385

5/27/2010 1:04:30 PM
mbam-log-2010-05-27 (13-04-30).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 202282
Time elapsed: 24 minute(s), 57 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
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:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 06:21 PM

Hello, While i am not a user of MSSE,it along with MBAM and SAS plus your firewall should do OK.
This independant review was good. http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/2...sentials?page=3

I see in that log that MACROMEDIA\FLASH PLAYER is running . This is probably very old and susceptible to infection as you can see.
You may want to remove that and install Adobe Flash Player version
Be SURE to UN check ... Free Google Toolbar (optional)

Then 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 and Windows 7 users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point in Vista or Windows 7 and Disk Cleanup in Vista.
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 07:13 PM

Good advice.
I must say, I have read through some of the post here and you guys show amazing patience.

Great job, Thank you.

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 07:24 PM

Thank you and you're welcome from all of us here at BC. We are glad to have helped and enjoy it.
Please take a few minutes to read our quietman7's excellent Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:,in post 17. :thumbsup:
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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:01 AM

After few days, my system is back to its old games of choppy mouse and stuttering video.
The only activity i have done since the last scans is Google news. No gaming, facebook or porn...nothing but news.
I know I can restore back to the other day or rerun all the scan procedures to get back to seemingly normal operation, but it seems to be only temporary.
I would like to know if we could dig a little deeper? I certainly feel comfortable following any complex instructions you might have for me. I'm a net admin for a large domain. My standard procedure for this type of problem is to rebuild rather then spend time trying to find a fix, but this is my personal system and I have a lot invested in this build. I would like to try and salvage it.

I will wait for your instructions before I take any further action. FYI: I currently have MSSE, SAS and teatimer running actively. What ever is causing the problem is able to circumnavigate these scanners.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 11:26 AM

Hello, sorry for the delay ,but I had to be away all weekend.

We need a deeper look. Please go here....
Preparation Guide ,do steps 6 - 9.

Create a DDS log and post it in the new topic explained in step 9,which is here Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs and not in this topic,thanks.
If Gmer won't run,skip it and move on.
Let me know if that went well.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 12:37 PM


Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/322027/mouse-choppy-media-stutters-no-errors/ you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a MRT Team member, nor should you ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the MRT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the MRT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the MRT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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