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#1 Bo1965

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 08:54 PM

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I am trying to load Ad-Aware and I am getting a message: This program is blocked by group policy.  For more information, contact your system administrator.

 

Can you help me with this?  It may be malware related...not sure though.

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 11:20 PM


These are example entries from a FRST log explaining what is most likely going on with malware and the "software restriction (Group Policy)" message...

HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\McAfee <====== ATTENTION
HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes <====== ATTENTION
HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\McAfee <====== ATTENTION
HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Program Files\AVG <====== ATTENTION
HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware <====== ATTENTION
HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Program Files\Ad-Aware
HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Program Files\Spybot <====== ATTENTION
HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Program Files\a-squared Anti-Malware <====== ATTENTION
HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials <====== ATTENTION
HKLM Group Policy restriction on software: C:\Program Files\a-squared Anti-Malware <====== ATTENTION


Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) is an advanced specialized tool designed to run in the Recovery Environment in Windows Vista and Windows 7/8 in order to diagnose and fix boot problems. It is also useful for removing malware when other tools fail including this software restriction issue. However, the use of FRST (and posting of its log) is prohibited in this area per this pinned topic.

Many of the scanning tools we use in this forum are not capable of detecting (repairing/removing) all malware variants. Disinfection will probably require the use of more powerful tools than we can recommend in this forum. Before that can be done you will need to create and post a DDS log for further investigation.

Please follow the instructions in the Malware Removal and Log Section Preparation Guide starting at Step 6.
  • If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next.
  • In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create two logs. (Note: Windows 8.1 Users will not be able run DDS and create a log)
When you have done that, post your logs in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log(s) along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. If you cannot produce any of the required logs or you're using Windows 8.1, then still start the new topic anyway. Explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happened when you tried to create them. A member of the Malware Removal Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer.

After doing this, please reply back in this thread with a link to the new topic so we can close this one.
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Posted 04 January 2015 - 08:15 PM

Thank you for your information.  I have copied the link here as requested.

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/562102/ad-aware-will-not-load-due-to-group-policy-error/

 

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 08:39 PM


Now that your new topic is posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a Malware Response Team member...nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the information or any log(s) you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the member assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process or make things worst which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the Malware Response Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response because the Malware Response Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have posted your log and are waiting, please DO NOT "bump" your post or make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the Malware Response Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another Malware Response Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If HelpBot replies to your topic, please follow Step One and CLICK the link so it will report your topic to the team members.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.

Good luck.
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