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Possible Registry Key virus


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#1 meyoya

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 08:29 AM

I have Windows 7 with Zonealarm firewall

 

I haven't changed any settings or installed new software in years

 

A few days ago, after visiting Yahoo Mail and then restarting, Zonealarm showed a new message on startup

 

"

Host Process for Windows Tasks may be trying to prevent internat.exe from running each time your computer is started by modifying the registry key: HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN

Allow
Deny
"

 

What should I do? Should I click Allow or Deny?

 

I've never seen this message before. Is internat.exe a real application on Windows 7 or is this a registry key virus?

 

 



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 10:07 AM

That file name could be used by malware or not. Best to scan for malware.

 

Use the programs below to clean, remove malware and remove adware.

 

Use CCleaner to remove Temporary files, program caches, cookies, logs, etc. Use the Default settings. No need to use the

Registry Cleaning Tool...risky. Pay close attention while installing and UNcheck offers of Google Chrome and Avast.

After install, open CCleaner and run by clicking on the Run Cleaner button in the bottom right corner.

CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

 

Malwarebytes - Clean Mode

  • Download and install the free version of Malwarebytes
    Note: If you have Malwarebytes already installed, you don't need to install it again. Simply start from the next bullet point
  • Once Malwarebytes is installed, launch it and let it update its database. You might have to click on the little arrow by Scan Status in the middle right pane for it to do so
  • Once the database update is complete, click on the Scan tab, then select the Threat Scan button and click on Start Scan
  • Let the scan run, the time required to complete the scan depends of your system and computer specs
  • Once the scan is complete, make sure that the first checkbox at the top is checked (which will automatically check every detected item), then click on the Quarantine Selected button
    • If it asks you to restart your computer to complete the removal, do so
  • Click on Export Summary after the deletion (in the bottom-left corner) and select Copy to Clipboard. Paste the content in your next reply

If you are unable to run a scan using MBAM:

Follow the instructions in the thread below. Make sure to download the MBAR linked in it. Let me know if you're not able to launch it and run a scan.
https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/198907-requested-resource-is-in-use-error-unable-to-start-malwarebytes/

 

 

Download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop. (compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10)

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.

 

Download and run the FREE online scanner from Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scan from ESET | ESET

  • Place a checkmark in YES, I accept the Terms of Use, then click Start. Wait for ESET Online Scanner to load its components.
  • Select Enable detection of potentially unwanted applications.
  • Click Advanced Settings, then place a checkmark in the following:
    • Remove found threats
    • Scan archives
    • Scan for potentially unsafe applications
    • Enable Anti-Stealth technology
  • Click Start to begin scanning.
  • ESET Online Scanner will start downloading signatures and scan. Please be patient, as this scan can take quite some time.
  • When the scan is done, click List threats (only available if ESET Online Scanner found something).
  • Click Export, then save the file to your desktop.
  • Click Back, then Finish to exit ESET Online Scanner.

 

Replace your current HOSTS file with a tweaked one, as the MVPS Host file, that restricts access to known bad sites improving your security.
It basically prevents your computer from connecting to those sites by redirecting the attempted connections to 127.0.0.1, which is the IP of your local computer.

To do it:

  • Download hosts.zip and save it to your desktop
  • Right click the file you just downloaded on your desktop and select => Extract to "hosts\"
  • In the hosts folder on your desktop, double click on mvps.bat file to run the program
  • A prompt will appear, press any key to continue

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 11:22 AM

I cannot download anything on that computer. The Zonealarm firewall is blocking all internet connections until I click Allow or Deny

 

I have to choose one



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 11:28 AM

I suggest deny for now. If that causes a problem....you can reverse it.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 12:20 PM

I'd like to understand before I click Deny

 

It's saying Host Process is trying to prevent internat.exe from running, by modifying the registry. So internat.exe is currently set to run every time the computer starts

 

I read somewhere else on a help forum that internat.exe isn't supposed to be on Windows 7. It's not an application included with the operating system. Is this true?

 

If I click Deny, won't Host Process be prevented from modifying the registry, and internat.exe will start running if it hasn't already?

 

So if internat.exe is malware or a virus, clicking Deny might let it run, which would be bad?



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 01:06 PM

I've asked a member of the malware removal team to review your topic.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 01:37 PM

Host Process for Windows Tasks may be trying to prevent internat.exe from running each time your computer is started by modifying the registry key: HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN

 

This message says that TaskHost.exe (the windows process that helps executing scheduled tasks) is trying to delete or modify a run value that points to internat.exe. 

Internat.exe can be responsible for the little EN (or whatever language your keyboard is setup to used) icon next to the tray on the taskbar. 

 

It is quite possible that this is a false-positive alert, however without knowing more it is impossible to say what the cause is. For now I would allow the change, a run value can easily be recreated if necessary. After that, do a search for the internat.exe file and upload it to http://www.virustotal.com if you find it. You can post the link to the scan results here.

 

Are you using any Taskbar managing software?


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