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Wondering if the malware I had has returned?


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#1 jmunoz

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 11:56 AM

I previously had malware. There were thumb.db desktop.ini and system volume information folders created all over the place. I now see them once again as well as config.msi among other things. What should I do? Is there anyway to stop the creation of these very annoying files. I am currently running a Malwarebytes scan to see if there is possibly another root-kit. Could it be possible that it is just remnants and it is trying to form itself, or because the reg. files were edited to make this happen. Is my external hard drive safe? How about my other USB's? Thank you guys so much in advance. 



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:16 PM

 If the current Malwarebytes scan doesn't fix it, I'd boot to Safe Mode and do a full system scan with it and my antivirus.  That usually works for me.  If you've recently installed anything, you might want to try uninstalling it if the above doesn't work.  And you could always run System Restore to a date prior to the start of the most recent problem.

 

Good luck.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:18 PM

Thanks will do! I had just finished re-installing Windows for another issue. I have a feeling it might be my backup hard drive because after I connected it to start putting my music library back and documents. I started noticing all of these things again.



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:35 PM

Thanks will do! I had just finished re-installing Windows for another issue. I have a feeling it might be my backup hard drive because after I connected it to start putting my music library back and documents. I started noticing all of these things again.

 If you suspect hard drive problems, I'd run chkdsk and let it check for and attempt repair of any bad sectors.  Bear in mind that you'll probably have to reboot and it can take a few hours to run, depending on hard drive size.

 

Good luck.


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:36 PM

THUMB.DB - Windows creates a file called Thumbs.db for folders that contain pictures. The Thumbs.db (.DB) file caches a thumbnail version of the pictures in the folder, making it quicker to view the thumbnail images each time the folder is opened.

DESKTOP.INI - A common use of the Desktop.ini file is to assign a custom icon or thumbnail image to a folder.

CONFIG.MSI folder - Essentially the CONFIG.MSI folder contains backups of files that are being installed or updated during a program installation. Upon a successful completion, this folder and files are deleted automatically. However, sometimes the installer program fails to remove these files. In this case, you may safely delete the CONFIG.MSI folder and files from your hard drive. Follow the steps below to access and remove the CONFIG.MSI folder.

Edited by scotty_ncc1701, 31 May 2014 - 12:37 PM.





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