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I posted the mbam result log above (post 16). I used the existing install and did update defs (updatd from 2/21 to 2/22 defs) and it looks like no issues.
Does that mean it's clean?
Also, if not too much to ask, I have disk image based backups that I intend to mount in a VM (w/ no network access for safety) and then scan them.
The purpose to identify which backups are dirty (and so should be erased) and which are clean.
This may also give me an idea of how long ago the infection happened.
What is the quickest reliable scan I can use for that?
Secondly, what would you suggest going forward for protecting Win 7 and 8 machines. I've been moving ppl to MSE on Win 7 but there is no scheduler in Win 8 and either way I'd rather your recommendation.
Free is preferred if possible.
Thank you much for all Essexboy.
It's very appreciated.
OK lets see, Antivirus.. I am currently using the RC2 of Avast 8 which is now compatible with windows 8 it includes a scheduler along with a host of other stuff Avast 8 RC2
Fairly easy to set up (as long as you remember to decline the offer of Chrome browser ) There is a small(ish) video which shows how it is set up and installed along with all the shields in action
music is rubbish mind , but the engine, definitions and updates are the same for both free and paid for versions. Updates are generally two a day although there are streaming updates which are continuously on to keep it updated, however the band width usage is not noticeable This can also scan removable drives and backup images especially if you mount them on a VM, then you can play with the AV at the same time
There is also a thread here where users report on their findings
A quick look at the shields that are used, any further questions then do not hesitate to ask [attachment=63391:Capture.JPG]
Subject to no further problems
I will remove my tools now and give some recommendations, but, I would like you to run for 24 hours or so and come back if you have any problems
Now the best part of the day ----- Your log now appears clean
A good workman always cleans up after himself so..The following will implement some cleanup procedures as well as reset System Restore points:
Run OTL and hit the cleanup button. It will remove all the programmes we have used plus itself.
We will now confirm that your hidden files are set to that, as some of the tools I use will change that
Open My Computer.
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
Select the View Tab.
Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Do not show hidden files and folders.
Ok. I think you live Avast 8 for AV
I did cleanup, thank you. You are a workman and a gentleman sir. Quite good.
As far as Java, larry ellison should be tarred and feathered and dragged by pick-up truck through every town square of every village where his crap is slung. Thanks for the links, will go thru them thoroughly.
Re: file hippo - I've been tending to put on Secunia's PSI lately. Looks to me like maybe file hippo's functionality is already rolled in PSI? So do I use this a replacement for PSI, to go alongside or just whichever I like better? thanks.
MBAM - Check
Windows update - Check
Trusteer Rapport - never heard of em. Will know them now, thank you.
It's been a bit under 24 hours. I'm scanning now with MBAM (full scan.) If this comes back with nothing found, is it safe to assume the machine is clean? Or is/are there other scanners I should run as well before the machine can be trusted.