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Lost my USB . . . again! I am definitely infected.

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#1 pikeman666


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 07:30 AM

So a few weeks ago I got "something bad" along with the latest Firefox download. I think they got hacked. There was this really crappy-looking search engine on it' its own tab that made me suspicious so I deleted it and reset default search engine to yahoo.Too late.

Then my USB devices became "invisible" - my SD photo cards and memory sticks didn't read. (They work fine on anhother PC)  Win7 reported the USB ports as OK. So after mulling over this I flashed the BIOS and they came back!  - for awhile. Now it's happening again. So there is "something" in my system.

I have run the latest version of Malwarebytes and after the deep scan deleted some low-level junk - toolbars, sweet, but nothing really deadly. I'd expect disabling the USB is a method of preventing use of a "rescue stick" with a linux OS and cleaner suite to kill it. Maybe whatever it was had been partially whacked when I cleared-out the bogus search engine.

Win7 Ultimate (64)is behaving normally, so I could also use SysInternal utilities if I knew where to begin looking and what it might be called.

I also ran DDS and read the list. Nothing looks unusual.



Edited by pikeman666, 18 July 2014 - 08:18 PM.

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#2 InadequateInfirmity


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:02 PM

Please download Junkware Removal Tool and save it on your desktop.


  • Shut down your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click it 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 is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Please attach the JRT log.

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.
  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.

Please download MINITOOLBOX and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:

Flush DNS
Reset FF proxy Settings
Reset Ie Proxy Settings
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 Users, Partitions and Memory size
List Devices (problems only)

Click Go and post the result.     

Edited by Lazerchicken, 18 July 2014 - 09:03 PM.

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