Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Why do I keep getting the dllhost.exe com surrogate virus?


  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 shanghaied

shanghaied

  • Members
  • 1 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:34 AM

Posted 18 November 2014 - 07:21 PM

I recently had my computer cleaned by a local professional.  I currently run Panda Free Antivirus and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Premium).  While surfing the web in IE11, I become infected with the dllhost.exe com surrogate virus.  The only solution I've found for this issue is to run ComboFix.  I've had to clean this up a couple times now with ComboFix.

 

Why doesn't my antivirus software prevent the dllhost.exe com surrogate virus from taking hold?  Is there something I can do to prevent it from infecting my computer again?

 

Thanks,

shanghaied



BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 quietman7

quietman7

    Bleepin' Janitor


  • Global Moderator
  • 51,597 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Virginia, USA
  • Local time:11:34 AM

Posted 18 November 2014 - 09:31 PM

:welcome: to Bleeping Computer.

ComboFix was never meant to be used as a general purpose malware scanner like SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware which scan individual drives or different folders on a computer for malware. There are risks involved and we recommend that people should not be using ComboFix without being advised to do so by a trained expert (see here) who is assisting them deal with a malware problem.

Multiple instances of "dllhost.exe (COM Surrogate)" that spawn and consume resources is typically an indication of a Poweliks infection. More information can be found in this topic

Poweliks has reportedly been delivered through social engineering...by opening malicious spam emails that claim to be a missed package delivery from the Canadian Post or U.S. Postal Service (USPS) purportedly carrying tracking information and exploit kits that deliver drive-by downloads.

You may want to read these topics.
Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention of Malware Infection
How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected
.
.
Windows Insider MVP 2017-2018
Microsoft MVP Reconnect 2016
Microsoft MVP Consumer Security 2007-2015 kO7xOZh.gif
Member of UNITE, Unified Network of Instructors and Trusted Eliminators

If I have been helpful & you'd like to consider a donation, click 38WxTfO.gif




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users