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#1 R_W_B

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 05:31 PM

Is there any way to direct AdwCleaner to run only on a specific drive or folder ?

 

Or does it run on "all" drives that currently installed on the computer ?

 

Wonder if AdwCleaner can be added to the right click menu like MalwareBytes and others ?

 

As a side note when I ran MalwareBytes today it deleted my AdwCleaner off the desktop, but I surmise there are numerous reasons for that happening since I"ve heard of fake AdwCleaners circulating.



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Posted 13 May 2015 - 05:39 PM

Hi R_W_B :)

As far as I know, you cannot ask AdwCleaner to scan only a specific drive and/or folder and there's no option to add it to the context menu (which is the right-click menu). You CAN add it yourself manually, but since AdwCleaner gets updated so often, you would need to change the Registry key every now and then. Also, if you want, post the Malwarebytes log where AdwCleaner got deleted, and we could maybe see what happened.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 06:30 PM


AdwCleaner is a portable adware cleaner created by Xplode (a BC Security Colleague) that is designed to search for and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars, browser hijackers , browser extensions, add-ons/plug-ins, browser helper objects (BHOs) and other junkware as well as related services, registry entries (values, keys), files, folders and potentially unwanted extensions.

This type of junkware is primary found in your browser settings/profile/add-ons, etc, Program Files and Windows Programs and Features (Add/Rmove) which are all on the primary drive. There is no option for a custom scan.

Since the program does not install like Malwarebytes, it does not create a right-click option in the context menu.
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Posted 13 May 2015 - 06:32 PM

Hi R_W_B :)

As far as I know, you cannot ask AdwCleaner to scan only a specific drive and/or folder and there's no option to add it to the context menu (which is the right-click menu). You CAN add it yourself manually, but since AdwCleaner gets updated so often, you would need to change the Registry key every now and then. Also, if you want, post the Malwarebytes log where AdwCleaner got deleted, and we could maybe see what happened.

 

Well I can't seem to where to attach the malwarebytes log file, but I'm pasting it here. Only problem is when I looked in the preview it did not show any line returns so it may be be hard to read. But it's not that large a file. But I did not see any signs of deleting AdwCleaner in the log, but it was gone immediately after running Malwarebytes.

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>

<mbam-log>

<header><date>2015/05/13 17:03:21 -0400</date><logfile>mbam-log-2015-05-13 (17-03-21).xml</logfile><isadmin>yes</isadmin></header>

<engine><version>2.01.6.1022</version><malware-database>v2015.05.13.06</malware-database><rootkit-database>v2015.04.21.01</rootkit-database><license>free</license><file-protection>disabled</file-protection><web-protection>disabled</web-protection><self-protection>disabled</self-protection></engine><system><osversion>Windows 7 Service Pack 1</osversion><arch>x64</arch><username>UserJim</username><filesys>NTFS</filesys></system><summary><type>threat</type><result>completed</result><objects>4366</objects><time>388</time><processes>0</processes><modules>0</modules><keys>0</keys><values>0</values><datas>0</datas><folders>0</folders><files>1</files><sectors>0</sectors></summary><options><memory>disabled</memory><startup>disabled</startup><filesystem>enabled</filesystem><archives>enabled</archives><rootkits>disabled</rootkits><deeprootkit>disabled</deeprootkit><heuristics>enabled</heuristics><pup>enabled</pup><pum>enabled</pum></options><items><file><path>E:\Utilities\Backup&SyncApps\SyncApps\FreeFileSync5.18\FreeFileSync_5.18_Windows_Setup.exe</path><vendor>PUP.Optional.OpenCandy</vendor><action>success</action><hash>fa30c3d0b4d620169f6bef53a4629868</hash></file></items></mbam-log>


Edited by R_W_B, 13 May 2015 - 06:35 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2015 - 06:35 PM

There was only one file that got deleted in this log and it wasn't AdwCleaner. Do you have another one?

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 06:41 PM

Yes the log shows MalwareBytes did not delete it, and (sorry) actually I just remembered I ran Norton 360 right before Malwarebytes, it was probably Norton that deleted it. I have downloaded another AdwClearner, I will put it in an Exclude folder in Norton's settings.



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Posted 13 May 2015 - 06:46 PM

Symantec will often tag AdwCleaner (and other tools from BleepingComputer) with a WS.Reputation.1 and delete them. Its a false positive on their part based on a reputation system which in my opinion, is failing when it comes to legitimate malware removal tools.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 06:46 PM

...I ran Norton 360 right before Malwarebytes, it was probably Norton that deleted it. I have downloaded another AdwClearner, I will put it in an Exclude folder in Norton's settings.

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Certain embedded files that are part of legitimate programs and specialized fix tools (like AdwCleaner), may at times be detected by some anti-virus and anti-malware scanners as suspicious, a Risk Tool, Hacking Tool, Potentially Unwanted Program, a possible threat or even Malware (virus/trojan) when that is not the case. This occurs for a variety of reasons to include the tool's compiler, the files it uses, whether files are compressed or packed, what behavior (routines, scripts, etc) it performs, any registry strings it may contain and the type of security engine that was used during the scan. Other legitimate files which may be obfuscated, encrypted or password protected in order to conceal itself so they do not allow access for scanning but often trigger alerts by anti-virus software.

When flagged by an anti-virus or security scanner, it's because the program includes features, behavior or files that appear suspicious or which can potentially be used for malicious purposes. Compressed and packed files in particular are often flagged as suspicious by security software because they have difficulty reading what is inside them. These detections do not necessarily mean the file is malicious or a bad program. It means it has the potential for being misused by others or that it was simply detected as suspicious or a threat due to the security program's heuristic analysis engine which provides the ability to detect possible new variants of malware. Anti-virus scanners cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert you or even automatically remove them. In these cases the detection is a "false positive" and can be ignored.

Most of the well known specialized tools we use as malware fighters are written by known experts at various security forums like Bleeping Computer, TechSupport, GeeksToGo, SypwareInfo and other similar sites so they can be trusted...this includes any program hosted by BC for download. Unfortunately, many of these tools are repeatedly falsely detected by various anti-virus programs from time to time.

The problem is really with the anti-virus vendors who keep targeting these embedded files and NOT with the tools themselves. We can inform the developers but they have encountered this issue many times before and in most cases there isn't much they can do about it. Once the detection is reported to the anti-virus vendor, they are usually quick to fix it by releasing an updated definition database.

Either have your anti-virus ignore the detection or temporarily disable it until you download and run the tool.
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Posted 13 May 2015 - 09:22 PM

On that same context I found it interesting that they both left JRT.exe alone (in the same folder). I really like the facet of AdwCleaner  in that it scans first and then gives the user the option of what to remove.

 

Unless I missed something Junkware Removal Tool doesn't give that option. I surmise possibly due to it's specific process that isn't conducive to user participation (?).


Edited by R_W_B, 13 May 2015 - 09:22 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2015 - 09:24 PM

JRT is a clean time only tool, yes. It doesn't do a scan and ask you for confirmation for deletion. It deletes detections as it finds them. A plus that JRT have over AdwCleaner is that prior to running, it creates a Registry backup since it incorporates ERUNT. Hence why I usually run it before AdwCleaner in clean mode, to take a back up just in case.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 05:18 AM

JRT is a non-interactive batch program that automatically removes whatever it finds...there are no options to skip or ignore detections and no option to backup/restore removed items.

JRT incorporates Registry Backup by Tweaking.com.
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Posted 14 May 2015 - 05:20 AM

JRT uses Registry Backup, since when? Last time I checked, it was using ERUNT :o

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 05:23 AM

ERUNT was removed from the tool a while back because it was causing issues for Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 users.
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Posted 14 May 2015 - 05:23 AM

Aura, thisisu recently switched to Registry Backup because ERUNT wasn't playing well with Windows 8.

Edit: I see quietman7 was faster than me :P

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 05:24 AM

It's been a while since I used JRT then. Probably a month ago or so. But it's excellent news since I do indeed recall JRT having using under Windows 8/8.1 when I was using it.

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