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Antivirus uninstalled, Firefox add-ons gone, email compromised

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#1 stsa84


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:33 PM

Hey guys, definitely had some strange computer issues come up today:

1) Email account was compromised, sent out a round of spam before I noticed and changed my pw.
2) I noticed I was seeing ads on web pages, which I never see with Ad Block Plus for FF. Checked the Add-Ons Manager in FF, and it shows I have no add-ons, plugins, or appearance items, and the "Get Add-Ons" tab won't load.
3) I'm unable to install add-ons. The add-on will download, but will not install.
4) Avira Antivirus was gone from my computer. Just gone. I went to run a virus scan, and the folder for Avira was empty. Windows Security did not alert me I was running w/o virus protection.
5) I have Internet Download Manager, and a few times today it has popped up on it's own asking me to confirm a download I did not initiate.

I restored the computer to a point from a few days ago before problems started, with no change. After reinstalling Avira AV, I ran a scan and it didn't find anything.

Thanks for any guidance you will provide.

Edit: I tried a reset of Firefox (Help>Troubleshooting Information>Reset Firefox), and some of my FF functionality was restored. My plugins are back, and I'm able to install add-ons now (though my previous ones are gone).

Edited by stsa84, 14 January 2013 - 11:43 PM.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:23 AM

Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop.

* Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
* Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
* A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.


Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.
  • Make sure the following options are checked:
    • Internet Services
    • Windows Firewall
    • System Restore
    • Security Center/Action Center
    • Windows Update
    • Windows Defender
  • Press "Scan".
  • It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.
  • Please copy and paste the log to your reply.


Please download MiniToolBox and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:
  • Report IE Proxy Settings
  • Report FF Proxy Settings
  • List content of Hosts
  • List IP configuration
  • List Winsock Entries
  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Installed Programs
  • List Devices (do NOT change any settings here)
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size
Click Go and post the result.


Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/malwarebytes-anti-malware/ to your desktop.

* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When completed, a log will open in Notepad.
* Post the log back here.

Be sure to restart the computer.

The log can also be found here:
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txt
Or at C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txt


Download aswMBR to your desktop.
Double click the aswMBR.exe to run it.
If you see this question: Would you like to download latest Avast! virus definitions?" say "Yes".
Click the "Scan" button to start scan.
On completion of the scan click "Save log", save it to your desktop and post in your next reply.

NOTE. aswMBR will create MBR.dat file on your desktop. This is a copy of your MBR. Do NOT delete it.

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