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Hi! Earlier today I started receiving pop-ups from my "computer's" Security Center telling me to buy and install their program. It then proceeded to scan my computer and tell me what was infected. I tried to open Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials...to which I received fake warnings that they were infected and could not be opened. I figured a way around it and got MSE opened and proceeded to do a full PC scan in which several viruses were found. After a restart I discovered that the virus causing the problems was not in the detected list. It blocked my internet and all programs I tried to open. I did a system restore to a restore point from March. It didn't work. I got a list of "necessity-only" processes and shut down all that was running that I didn't need. I found a file right inside my C drive in which had a back-door into my PC. After trying to delete it several different ways, I restarted in Safemode where I entered the file and changed the settings (properties) so that the file was write-able and deleted the file. That stopped the pop-ups....but now I'm still having to identify for every program which program I want to use to open it with. For Mozilla, I just select Mozilla and it works, but this is about the only one that I can get to work (still receiving messages that the application is busy or in use, or the programs select list).

I've also tried the Ctrl+F11 to do a factory reset but cannot get it to work. Any help would be appreciated.
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Hello Princesslilian and welcome to G2G! :)

My nick is maliprog and I'll will be your technical support on this issue. Before we start please read my notes carefully:

  • Malware removal is NOT instantaneous, most infections require several courses of action to completely eradicate.
  • Absence of symptoms does not always mean the computer is clean
  • Kindly follow my instructions in the order posted. Order is crucial in cleaning process.
  • Please DO NOT run any scans or fix on your own without my direction.
  • Please read all of my response through at least once before attempting to follow the procedures described.
  • If there's anything you don't understand or isn't totally clear, please come back to me for clarification.
  • Please do not attach any log files to your replies unless I specifically ask you. Instead please copy and paste so as to include the log in your reply.
  • You must reply within 3 days or your topic will be closed

Step 1

Please download exeHelper to your desktop.

Double-click on exeHelper.com to run the fix.
A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.
Post the contents of exehelperlog.txt (Will be created in the directory where you ran exeHelper.com, and should open at the end of the scan)

Step 2

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
  • The scan may take some time to finish, so please be patient.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
  • The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.
Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts, click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process, if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.

Step 3

Download OTL to your Desktop

  • Double click on the icon to run it (If running Vista or Windows 7, right click on it and select "Run as an Administrator")
    . Make sure all other windows are closed and to let it run uninterrupted.
  • Under the Custom Scan box paste this in

%systemroot%\*. /mp /s
hklm\software\clients\startmenuinternet|command /rs
hklm\software\clients\startmenuinternet|command /64 /rs

  • Click the Quick Scan button. Do not change any settings unless otherwise told to do so. The scan wont take long.
  • When the scan completes, it will open two notepad windows. OTL.Txt and Extras.Txt. These are saved in the same location as OTL.
  • Please copy (Edit->Select All, Edit->Copy) the contents of these files, one at a time, and post them if you need to start a new topic.

Step 4

Please don't forget to include these items in your reply:

  • exeHelper log
  • OTL log
  • OTL Extras log
  • Malwarebytes log
It would be helpful if you could post each log in separate post
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