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Windows Update Filled With Infections?


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#1 harleyst

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:58 AM

Hi everyone, as far as I knew my pc was running fine. I run Malware bytes every now and then to check it out, and had no reason to be suspicious of any activity on my pc.

I was a little behind with my windows updates though, and updated my system last night. It installed 90 or so updates, all with vagues names along the line of 'windows update'. 

I run Malware bytes after the updates, found 12 threats and removed them all (the only one i can remember was the conduit search engine and bar) and have run malware and couple of times since then and found a couple more threats. 

My steam insisted on updating when i opened it. I tried to played Skyrim but the game was riddled with uncharacteristic lagging, the same went for Saints Row 4, and I couldn't even open battlefield 4.

 

I would just like to be reassured my computer is safe and fixed if not. Any help is appreciated, thank you. 



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:12 PM


Installing updates from Microsoft Update was not responsible for installation other software.

Conduit is a toolbar engine installed (bundled) alongside many free applications which allows users to add applications directly to their browser without a community toolbar. Conduit offers a distribution option for Conduit-powered offerings and is used in order to generate ad revenue for the company. While not explicitly malware, it is often installed stealthily without knowledge or consent from the end user and is considered a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP).

Many toolbars, add-ons/plug-ins, screensavers and browser extensions come bundled with other free third-party software you download (often without the knowledge or consent of the user). These can often be the source of various issues and problems to include Adware, pop-up ads, browser hijacking which may change your home page and search engine, and user profile corruption.

Toolbars and add-ons install themselves in various areas of your operating system to include your browser and Windows Registry. Since some of their componets and behavior are determined to be harmful, anti-virus and anti-malware tools may detect and remove them as Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs).

Please download and use the following tools (in the order listed) which will search for and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, extensions, add-ons and other junkware as well as related registry entries (values, keys) and remnants.

RKill created by Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), the site owner of BleepingComputer.
AdwCleaner created by Xplode.
Junkware Removal Tool created by thisisu.

1. Double-click on RKill to launch the tool. A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully. A log file will be created and saved to the root directory, C:\RKill.log. Copy and paste the contents of RKill.log in your next reply.

Important: Do not reboot your computer until you complete the next step.

2. Double-click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.

  • Click on the Scan button.
  • AdwCleaner will begin...be patient as the scan may take some time to complete.
  • After the scan has finished, click on the Report button...a logfile (AdwCleaner[R0].txt) will open in Notepad for review.
  • After reviewing the log, click on the Clean button.
  • Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts.
  • Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
  • After rebooting, a logfile report (AdwCleaner[S0].txt) will open automatically.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
  • A copy of all logfiles are saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder which was created when running the tool.

-- Note: The contents of the AdwCleaner log file may be confusing. Unless you see a program name that you recognize and know should not be removed, don't worry about it. If you see an entry you want to keep, return to AdwCleaner before cleaning...all detected items will be listed (and checked) in each tab. Click on each one and uncheck any items you want to keep (except you cannot uncheck Chrome and Firefox preferences lines).


Close all open programs and shut down any protection/security software to avoid potential conflicts.

3. Double-click on JRT.exe to run the tool.
Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.

  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log file named JRT.txt will automatically open and be saved to your Desktop.
  • Copy and paste the contents of JRT.txt in your next reply.

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4. Rescan again with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and post the log. They are automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab.

 

5. Then download CKScanner by askey127 and save it to your Desktop. <-Important!!!

  • Double-click on CKScanner.exe to run the tool.
    Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • Click Search For Files.
  • After a very short time, when the cursor hourglass disappears, click Save List To File.
  • A message box will verify the file saved. Please run the program once only.
  • Click OK at the file saved message box.
  • A text file will be created on your desktop named CKFiles.txt.
  • Double-click the CKFiles.txt icon on your desktop to open the log and copy/paste the contents in your next reply.

 


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