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#1 Phaaze

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 02:05 PM

My sister brought me her laptop to "fix" which was infected with countless spy/adwares and virus'. Initially, it would take about 3 minutes to boot, and the HDD was working hard the entire time it was on. Furthermore, Chrome would often open tabs to different sites by itself.

 

In turn, I immediately opened the task manager and killed several processes, ran a scan with MalwareBytes to get a log of everything. Afterwards, I opened up the Add/Remove Programs and uninstalled what didn't belong in there before going back to MalwareBytes and having it clean everything it found.

 

I then downloaded NOD32 and ran a smart scan followed by a deep scan and had it clean everything it found. Lastly, I downloaded AdwCleaner, ran it and had it remove everything it found (after reviewing them).

 

That being said and done, the system is running much smoother with no additional problems. However, the time it takes to load the desktop icons after logging in seems a bit slower than I would expect from this system so I feel as if I'm missing something and I know there are some files lingering. I'd appreciate it if someone could help me with the final steps for cleaning up what's left. I've attached the FRST and Addition log files. If you require the MBAM, NOD32, or AdwCleaner logs, just let me know. :)

 

Thanks

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Edited by Phaaze, 01 May 2015 - 02:06 PM.


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#3 Phaaze

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 02:07 AM

  • If you have not done so already, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.
    Included in the original post.
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    I'm not currently near the system in question. However, it's not been used since the initial log was created.
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    I do not have one readily available, though I could probably produce one if necessary.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 12:24 PM

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 09:16 AM

Hi,

it has been several days since I sent my last set of instructions to help with your computer problem.

Please let me know if you are having problems and still need help.

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#6 Phaaze

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 11:03 AM

I'm currently out of town. I'll attempt these steps when I return in a few days.



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Posted 26 May 2015 - 06:32 AM

Hi,

it has been several days since I sent my last set of instructions to help with your computer problem.

Please let me know if you are having problems and still need help.

Note: Threads will be closed if no response after 3 days.

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 02:40 AM

Due to the lack of feedback, this topic is now closed.

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