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First of all, thank you so much for your kind words. :) We do our best around here to help people as they need it, and it's nice to know that it's appreciated. You are very much welcome, and thank you for staying till we finished up. As for being afraid to do any financial work or banking, just because an infection has a backdoor capability doesn't mean that your machine has been comprised. There is that possibility. We clean infections such as these all the time, and personally, I'd keep using my own machine without a reformat and reinstall if I had one on my machine. But, just to be safe, if you were using it for banking and financial work before the infections, I'd change the passwords and logins at whatever sites you used it for. :thumbsup:

Now for the good news:

Your logs are CLEAN! :thumbsup: :) We still have a few things we need to address namely:

  • I need to remove the tools we installed on your machine.
  • We also need to install some security programs on your machine to reduce your chances of infection.

Step 1: Delete old restore points and create a new one.

We're going to delete your old restore points and create a new one. We do this in case you need to do a system restore, you will have a clean restore point.

Please follow the instructions below:

  • Start OTL by double clicking it (Windows Vista, 7, and 8 right click and select "Run as Administrator.") and copy the text in the quote box below.
  • Paste the contents into the Custom Scans/Fixes box and click the Run Fix button.
  • OTL will delete the old restore points and create a new one.

%systemroot%\sysnative\vssadmin delete shadows /for=c: /all /quiet /c


Step 2: Java Warning and Program Updates

A word about Java

Java has become the #1 program exploited by thieves and hackers as of today. It's gotten so bad, the Department of Homeland Security recently recommended that users disable Java on their machines.

For more information regarding this, see the two articles below:

Forbes: US Department of Homeland Security Calls on user do disable Java

US warns on Java software

Unless you have software on your machine that absolutely requires Java, I highly recommend you completely remove it from your system.

If you do have software that requires it, then disable it until such time as it's needed by those programs.

Please click the link below for instructions to disable Java.

How to Disable Java in your Web Browser

If you wish to continue to use Java on your machine, please be sure to keep it updated by following the instructions below.

  • Click on this link Java Website and click Do I Have Java?
  • Then click the Verify Java Version button. It will scan your current version and show you if you have the most current version.

You can also download a tool called JavaRa that will automatically search for new updates and remove older versions of Java.
Click the link below to go to the download page to get the tool.


Once you have downloaded JavaRa

  • Unzip the files to the directory of your choice.
  • Double click the JavaRa icon in the directory and choose your language preference.
  • Click Remove Older Versions from the menu.
  • Click Yes.
  • If you get a warning that Internet Explorer needs to be closed, close it, then click ok.
  • JavaRa will then search for and remove old versions of Java from your machine.

You can find instructions for manually removing older versions for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 by clicking the link below:

Instructions for manually removing old versions of Java

Keeping your software updated

Another weapon against malicious programs and viruses is to keeping other programs updated. There are several programs out there that can check for out of date programs on your computer. One is Filehippo. You can run this on a weekly or monthly basis to check your programs for updates and then it will provide a link for you to download them.

Download Filehippo Updatechecker

Step 3: Tool Removal

  • You can delete Junkware Removal Tool, aswMBR, and SecurityCheck from your desktop.
  • Start AdwCleaner and click the Uninstall button. It will remove the quarantined files and uninstall itself.
  • Start OTL and click the Cleanup button. OTL will delete it's quarantined files and then uninstall itself.
  • You can uninstall ESET Online Scanner at this time.
  • I'd recommend keeping Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed. Make sure to update it and run it at least once a week.

Step 4: Tips, Information, and Protecting against CryptoLocker

  • Watch what you open in your emails. If you get an email from an unknown source with any attached files, do not open it.
  • Be careful of the websites you visit.
  • When installing new programs, don't be "click happy" and click through the screens. Many programs come with adware in them and are set to install them by default. Several programs require that you uncheck or select no to prevent the installation. Take you time and read each screen as you go. :)
  • To help protect yourself while on the web, I recommend you read How did I get infected in the first place?

A warning about CryptoLocker

CryptoLocker is a ransomware program that was released around the beginning of September 2013 that targets all versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. This ransomware will encrypt certain files using a mixture of RSA & AES encryption. When it has finished encrypting your files, it will display a CryptoLocker payment program that prompts you to send a ransom of either $100 or $300 in order to decrypt the files. This screen will also display a timer stating that you have 72 hours, or 4 days, to pay the ransom or it will delete your encryption key and you will not have any way to decrypt your files. This ransom must be paid using MoneyPak vouchers or Bitcoins. Once you send the payment and it is verified, the program will decrypt the files that it encrypted.

Please download and install CryptoPrevent to lock your machine down from this infection.

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Do you have any other questions or any issues I can assist you with? :)
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Hi Pystryker

All clean up done. Java done. Downloaded filehippo and cryptoprevent. Can you recommend a good spyware program and is Microsoft security essentials a good anti virus program. Also someone mentioned win patrol is good. Can you give me some pointers here. Thanks again. Everything has been greatly appreciated.
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Hi Pystryker

All clean up done. Java done. Downloaded filehippo and cryptoprevent. Can you recommend a good spyware program and is Microsoft security essentials a good anti virus program. Also someone mentioned win patrol is good. Can you give me some pointers here. Thanks again. Everything has been greatly appreciated.

Hello Pat

Good to hear all went well and you are very much welcome. :) I use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on my machine for malware protection. I personally stopped using Microsoft Security Essentials due to the fact that Microsoft are newcomers to the anti-virus market and one would think that the bad guys would target their software. I personally use Avast anti-virus, and I've provided a link to be able to download it and give it a try if you'd like. I've never used WinPatrol before, but I do see it in use on the forums and I've provided a download link and an information link for it as well. :) The basic version of Avast is free to use, all you need do is register it and it will provide you a code that is good for a year of free use. You can re-register it again after a year and get another code. Here are the links:

WinPatrol Links

Download WinPatrol by clicking here.

You can find information about how WinPatrol works by clicking here.

Avast! Anti-Virus Links


The link to Avast has information on the page about it's features, and a box you can click to go to the download page.

But please be sure to only run one AV program. If you run more than one, they can use up system resources, and give false positives. This is a case of more is definitely not better. :) :thumbsup: Also, always ensure that you update the anti-virus that you are going to use as well as updating Malwarebytes Anti-Malware prior to running a scan.
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