First, let me say that though I am no expert like you guys are, I have done this before. A few times, maybe more than a few.
So I am pretty familiar.
I have been having some vague problems for a little while.
Here's what I have
Old Lenovo laptop with XP SP3.
I have been using MS Security essentials for years and years.
A month or two ago I stopped being able to get the definitions updates automatically.
Asking the program to update always just crapped out without any error. No updates, it just timed out.
So I have been downloading and running the defs update manually, which was successful. Every week or so.
Tonight things digressed.
The first thing I noticed was I was not able to get to the MS site for the defs updates.
Common for viruses to block those sites.
I looked in the hosts file, and there was nothing there, just the one default line,
So that is not the cause of failed connectivity.
I could get to bleepingcomputer.com which as you know is often blocked by deliberate viruses.
Not this time. Odd.
So I ran combofix, and the log is attached.
I know, you guys ask not to do that but I was nowhere. I have done this before.
After that I was able to get to the MS site, so it fixed something.
I uninstalled ms security essential and reinstalled it. It works. I had it scan, it found nothing.
The combofix log is attached.
What should I look at next?
Thanks in advance.
Edited by Steevow, 21 August 2017 - 12:03 AM.