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#1 cjdoc2


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 09:50 PM

Multiple dllhost.exe files running. Norton is unable to fix. Tried to download malware bytes and get user does not have persmission error. This is running as admin.

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum.~ Animal

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 10:37 PM

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Please download Powelikscleaner (by ESET) and save it to your Desktop.

1. Double-click on ESETPoweliksCleaner.exe to start the tool.

2. Read the terms of the End-user license agreement and click Agree.

3. The tool will run automatically. If the cleaner finds a Poweliks infection, press the Y key on your keyboard to remove it.


4. If Poweliks was detected "Win32/Poweliks was successfully removed from your system" will be displayed. Press any key to exit the tool and reboot your PC.


The tool will produce a log in the same directory the tool was run from.

Please copy and paste the log in your next reply.

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 08:37 AM

Whenever I have had to deal with this virus, I have had luck removing it with RogueKiller. First, I boot the computer into safe mode with networking, and after that I run RogueKiller. The program will go through and do an initialization scan when you first run it, after this completes you can then hit scan in the top right hand side of the screen. After the scan completes, under the registry tab, there should be an entry marked as red for "Poweliks". Just make sure this entry is selected, and hit delete. I would be weary of deleting any other registry entires, unless they are specifically flagged by RogueKiller.

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 08:56 AM

@ Ringer77

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 09:14 AM

Sorry, my mistake. I will take note of that.


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