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ADWCleaner - Scare of My Life


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#1 Quadrillion

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 05:34 PM

So I watched a video on Youtube, Making Win 7 run blazingly fast. A lot of standard stuff - CCleaner, MBAR (no problems found) etc. It recommends downloading ADW from Bleeping. Couldn't believe how much it found on my computer (which is still pretty fast, but sometimes seems slower than it used to. I used the cleaning function and rebooted.

 

During "Windows is Starting" got a loud steady beep and the computer didn't reboot. Finally turned it off and restarted. Got the repair console, but the enter key didn't work, nor did arrows. It was dead in the water. Tried again, same problem. Turned it off for five minutes, started up. This time the RC performed a restore and all seems normal.

 

Unfortunately, I'm left with some malware on my computer. I'm reluctant to re-try ADW, but thought I'd get some suggestions. Here are jpegs of what I saw in ADW.

 

Folders: Third image below. GreenTree and Smartbar are  gone, but I unchecked the two folders that looked like they were registry related, and Conduit remains. What should I do?

 

Registry: First and second image below. There are about fifteen registry entries that ADW tried to delete. Does anything stick out that I should try to delete manually and then reboot? Any obvious problems.?

 

Any other suggestion. Thanks in advance!

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 08:08 PM

Although all those items can be removed, you had a system issue.
one you can create a new restore point and try or repost this issue per this guide for one on one help.

Please follow this Preparation Guide and post in a new topic.
Let me know if all went well.
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Posted 20 September 2015 - 08:24 PM

You might want to consider trying Emsisoft Anti-Malware, free for 30 days.  It is very good at what it does.


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Posted 20 September 2015 - 09:50 PM

Not posting this as advice, but just chiming in to say how brilliant ADWC is. First time I used it it found around 5 serious issues on my lappie, and around 17 pups .. or something.

 

But that's nothing compared to the 20 or so serious, and over 200 others, it found on my daughters.

 

I run it every week at least.

 

To the OP, yes, I've had one or two start up problems immediately after use, but I see that as the scammers or whoever (maybe even MSFT or Google) not taking kindly to their neferious bits of crap being booted off my computer. Repeated re-start has always sorted it out. But others are advising you here, not I.

 

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Posted 21 September 2015 - 05:36 AM

Yes it's very good indeed.



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Posted 21 September 2015 - 08:51 AM

Thought that the recovery console's restore had solved the problem, but I rebooted the computer this morning and again got the loud beep, failure to start and turned it off. This time Recov Console worked immediately and did another restore. I just did a manual restore to a point before I used ADW. Again, all seems fine, but I'll wait a little while and reboot.

 

Seems to be a lot of support for ADW. I'm pretty careful about installing software and making sure that I don't accept any special offers. It's the only thing I've installed lately. It doesn't appear in the control panel under programs, by the way. I noticed today when I clicked on the Start Button, an offer to install some game in the program listing. It's gone now for whatever reason..

 

I'll wait a few days to do a "one on one" post, but I think I'll try a malwarebytes scan right now.

 

Thanks for all the suggestions.



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Posted 21 September 2015 - 09:26 AM

To remove ASWCleaner
Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool again. Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator
  • The tool will start to update the database, please wait a bit.
  • Click on the Uninstall button.
  • Click Yes when asked are you sure you want to uninstall.
  • Both AdwCleaner.exe, its folder and all logs will be removed.
If you want to check your system files etc.. run this.

Tweaking.com - Windows Repair All-In-One (Portable)

- Download Windows Repair All-In-One (Portable Version) from here.

- Extract tweaking.com_windows_repair_aio.zip to your Desktop.

- Disable all your antivirus and antimalware software - see how to do that here.
- Right click on QfBzvq1.png and select Run as Administrator (XP users just double click) to start Windows Repair All-In-One.
(Windows Vista/7/8 users: Accept UAC warning if it is enabled.)

- A window will appear. Click Step 2.
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- Click the Open Pre-Scan button, then click Start Scan. Wait for Windows Repair to finish scanning.

- Depending on which error Windows Repair found, click Repair Reparse Point or Repair Environment Variable accordingly. When the button changes to "Done!", click the close button to return to Windows Repair.

- Go to Step 3, then click Check in the See If Check Disk Is Needed.

- If Windows Repair stated that errors are found, click Open Check Disk At Next Boot. Choose (/R) Fixes errors on the disk also locate bad sectors and recovers readable information, then click Add To Next Boot. Reboot the computer to let Windows check the disk.
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- Go to Step 4, then click Do It.
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- Go to Step 5. Under System Restore click Create.
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- Go to Repairs and click Open Repairs. Leave all checkmarks as they are, then click Start Repairs.
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- By default Windows Repair All-In-One will create a "Logs" folder in its folder on the Desktop. Please post the contents of the log in your next reply.
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Posted 21 September 2015 - 08:59 PM

As I mentioned, the Restore performed by the repair console wasn't completely effective. The next time I rebooted, I got the beeping again.

 

But, at least I did one thing right. Before using ADW, I set a restore point. Used it a little while ago and was able to reboot without a problem. Windows seems to be working fine.Tweaking.com looks like a pretty intense but effective tool, but for a while I think I'll just admire it from a distance.

 

I might take a shot at investigating a few registry entries identified by ADW. Also ADW didn't get rid of the conduit folder. Noticed that I still had a couple of PIP registry entries, but googled one and it may well be legit. Find it interesting that Malwarebytes gave me a clean bill of health. Anyhow, will keep you posted. Thanks for the suggestions.



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Posted 21 September 2015 - 10:08 PM

Do both steps above.
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