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RE: AV Security Suite Removal Guide

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#1 Tweener


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Posted 09 June 2010 - 11:19 AM

When my parents' machine got infected with this nasty yesterday, I tried Grinler's self-help solution here. Unfortunately, I couldn't get networking going in safe mode and couldn't update the anti-malware application; so though I did run it - it didn't solve the problem. Worse, this version of AV Security Suite would not allow the running of any applications at all in normal boot (not even rkill.com) and it reinstated its browser proxy server settings immediately if they were changed.

What I did:

Since I could still access the O.S. main functions, I used the file search to look for all files created on yesterday's date. I ordered them by their creation time, and then scrolled down to near the time of the infection and found several adobe reader files and two random named executable (.exe) files that were created in about a 4 minute period that was separated by any other file creations by more than 15 minutes. I removed all these to the recycle bin and rebooted the computer normally. The self executing application did not start and I was able to fix the proxy settings, run rkill.com, and update and run MBAM. So far the infection has not resurfaced.

Point of note:

Since I am sure the zero day exploit of Adobe Reader 9 was to blame for the infection, I disabled all Adobe Reader add-ons in the browser, and relocated the file C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.\Reader\authplay.dll as this page at adobe.com suggests: Adobe Flash, Reader, and Acrobat Security Advisory

Edited by Tweener, 09 June 2010 - 03:11 PM.

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