I ran Malwarebites twice, back to back and it found stuff both times so I'm not sure if it's getting rid of whatever this is.
Did you reboot between scans?
Your Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log shows "No action taken
". This usually occurs if you forget to click "Remove Selected" and instead just click "Save Logfile" or save the report before having MBAM remove the threats.
BTW, a Potentially Unwanted Program
(PUP) is a very broad threat category that can include any number of different programs to include those which are benign as well as malicious. They may also be defined somewhat differently by various security vendors.
Some programs falling into the PUP category have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized user or administrator has knowingly installed it. When flagged by an anti-virus or security scanner, it's because the program includes features, behavior or files (compressed
) that appear suspicious or which can potentially be used for malicious purposes. Compressed and packed files in particular are often flagged as suspicious by security software because they have difficulty reading what is inside them. Other legitimate files which may be obfuscated, encrypted or password protected in order to conceal itself so they do not allow access for scanning but often trigger alerts by anti-virus software. Adware.Magoo
is an adware program that displays pop-up advertisements when surfing the web and is often detected as a PUP.MyWebSearch/MyWebSearch Assistant
is one of many browser toolbar add-ons
(to include MyWay Searchbar, MySearch, MyWay Search Assistant, and MyWay Speedbar
) which are created and distributed by Ask Jeeves
. These toolbars are often bundled with "free software
" such as wallpaper and screensavers offered by third party software vendors and part of the Fun Web Products suite of utilities (Smiley Central, Cursor Mania, FunBuddyIcons, FunWebProducts, MyFunCards, My Mail Stationary, My Mail Signature, PopSwatter, Popular Screensavers, Webfetti, My Way website portal, etc). The toolbar is also aggressively offered via annoying banner ads and pop ups advertised on third party web sites that target kids. For a more detailed overview, refer to the Ask Jeeves Software Review
conducted by Sunbelt Software Research Center.
MyWebSearch and MyWay were pre-installed on new Dell computers
starting in November 2004 as reported in The Pharmer In The Dell
. Dell had a link to "What is the Dell MyWebSearch Home Page?
" but it was redirected to The "Dell My Way" Home Page
and at some point removed. Dell now uses the "Dell Search Assistant
" where they address many of the same concerns previously addressed in the redirected link.
Although MyWebSearch is not technically spyware, the program uses tracking cookies
and transmits information regarding search requests performed through the toolbar's search facility. Some anti-virus and anti-malware programs detect the toolbar
as a non-viral threat
(i.e. not-a-virus:AdTool.Win32.MyWebSearch) or Potentially Unwanted Program
, while others (Spybot, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Ad-aware...) may detect or remove individual files and registry entries. However, even after these security tools remove files/registry entries, remnants previously undetected may still be found during subsequent scans
I understand you'd like to get rid of this stuff, but if that is all your scans are finding I would not be too alarmed about the findings as you are not dealing with a serious malware infection.
Edited by quietman7, 06 August 2011 - 08:34 AM.