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#1 doctorphibes

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 07:36 AM

The last few times I have booted up,I have noticed strange boot messages (strange as I have never seen them before). Upon boot, 2 small windows appear...(paraphrasing) Microsoft Windows Web Mail configuring personalized settings Windows mail 7...then...Desktop Update. I don't use Outlook or Windows mail. If I remember correctly, the first time I noticed, it happened in the middle of a session and the machine rebooted on its own. Also, it may have been after a download (though I'm not certain). I always do contextual scans with mbam pro, and Webroot of any downloaded program but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. Luckily I don't use Windows much anymore but I am worried about the possibility of dumped info. I haven't changed any settings and this was well in between updates. HP Pavillion a1310n, AMD64, ASUS mobo, Vista Ultimate 64bit, etc., etc.
I try to keep my machines well protected but realize there is no such thing a a guarantee these days(not that there ever was). Tasks such as scanning and cleaning are automated but that's about it. I'm not keen on automatic updates except in anti - virus. I like to know what's going on with my machines as much as possible. Okay, I'm starting to ramble...sorry.
Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated. :thumbsup:
Thanks,
doc
Sorry, but I am unable to get screenshots or give verbatim transcriptions of messages as this happens very quickly and during the boot process.
If you know of a way that I can get a screenshot during the boot process let me know and I will have at it.

Edited by Orange Blossom, 31 August 2010 - 07:01 PM.
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#2 Budapest

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 01:33 AM

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1
Download Link 2
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.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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#3 doctorphibes

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 08:56 AM

Thanks for your reply. I already run MBAM Pro Edition, alongside my security suite but I know from experience there is really no such thing as being always and completely protected. At third point everything "says" I'm clean but I just don't know. I'm really putting this machine through it's paces and it seems to be okay considering the burden. More than likely I'll just uninstall my software and maybe virtualize some of it, and do a clean install.
Thanks again Budapest. :thumbsup:

Edited by doctorphibes, 06 September 2010 - 08:57 AM.

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