Malwarebytes saved our business.

by Mosa
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Last night my computer started popping up errors. I rebooted it only to find that my computer would not load the desktop correctly and it spammed the screen with pop ups that said:

"Failed to save all the components for the file\System32\"

It then asked me to scan the computer and purchase the full version of some virus removing program. This of course seemed quite a bit fishy to me. I looked it up on another computer and found out I had been affected by some crazy malware program that tries to make you purchase some fake antivirus crap. I downloaded and ran an Rkill and Malwarebytes - Problem solved! Now i'm backing up all my business files.

So just in case any of you haven't backed up your files, do it today!
#business #malwarebytes #saved
  • Profile picture of the author Greg Beddor
    Good call on the back up.... Back up and back up often is a good mantra to live by.

    Malywarebytes has saved my ass a few times to.
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  • Profile picture of the author WhiteDove
    Thanks for sharing, appreciate it!
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Malwarebytes is awesome, it also saved a few of our computers a couple of year ago.

    I never run Windows without it!

    Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Greenwood
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      Malwarebytes has been a life saver in the past for me, I've also used spybot search and destroy.

      As for the backup, I use livedrive online backup. It backs up your files as you save them.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheWealthSquad
    Malwarebytes is awesome. I have it on every computer in our offices. I even keep it on a thumb drive in case I need a clean copy and the virus has corrupted it. Keep all the RKills and stuff on there too.
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  • Profile picture of the author TerranceCharles
    I have been using Malwarebytes for years, good software. Avast is also good for removing viruses
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim_Carter
    It saved my butt on more than one occasion as well. I had a similar problem about two years ago and that is how I cured it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jit Lim
    Originally Posted by Mosa View Post

    Last night my computer started popping up errors. I rebooted it only to find that my computer would not load the desktop correctly and it spammed the screen with pop ups that said:

    "Failed to save all the components for the fileSystem32"

    It then asked me to scan the computer and purchase the full version of some virus removing program. This of course seemed quite a bit fishy to me. I looked it up on another computer and found out I had been affected by some crazy malware program that tries to make you purchase some fake antivirus crap. I downloaded and ran an Rkill and Malwarebytes - Problem solved! Now i'm backing up all my business files.

    So just in case any of you haven't backed up your files, do it today!
    Personally I keep two backup external drives stored away from the house. Worst thing is to have your PC stolen and external hard drive corrupted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Joseph
    Great to know, thanks for the feedback guys!
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    Jon

    "Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone." -- Deepak Chopra

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  • Profile picture of the author chihuahua
    I am facing exactly the same issue with my personal computer, saying that my computer is infected and keep popping out a Buy screen. Downloading malwarebytes now. But wondering can I use it from the CD to scan the computer? What if the virus refused to allow the installation of malwarebytes? Thank goodness I come to this thread, was about to reformat.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mosa
      Originally Posted by chihuahua View Post

      I am facing exactly the same issue with my personal computer, saying that my computer is infected and keep popping out a Buy screen. Downloading malwarebytes now. But wondering can I use it from the CD to scan the computer? What if the virus refused to allow the installation of malwarebytes? Thank goodness I come to this thread, was about to reformat.
      Make sure that you start your computer up in safe mode (press F8 right after you turn on your computer - during the start up). You should be able to install the program from the CD.

      I'm pretty sure i'm keeping malwarebytes on my computer from now on.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tessa Holmes
        I had to use Malwarebytes twice (got the same virus, I guess). AVG, AVAST did not work for me. I found some Internet advice to use 'Malwarebytes' to save my PC from this thingy. It worked.
        I am curious thought if people who created "Malwarebytes" possibly created virus itself. I never heard about this software before I came across this problem.
        Nothing against "Malwarebytes" even if they are who inventing this virus, but if it is some kind of marketing plot - it definitely worked. I know about "Malwarebytes" now and recommend it to everybody who comes across this virus.
        I have a suspicion that some viruses are actually created by Antivirus companies themselves.
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        • Profile picture of the author bfas
          Originally Posted by Tessa Holmes View Post

          I had to use Malwarebytes twice (got the same virus, I guess). AVG, AVAST did not work for me. I found some Internet advice to use 'Malwarebytes' to save my PC from this thingy. It worked.
          I am curious thought if people who created "Malwarebytes" possibly created virus itself. I never heard about this software before I came across this problem.
          Nothing against "Malwarebytes" even if they are who inventing this virus, but if it is some kind of marketing plot - it definitely worked. I know about "Malwarebytes" now and recommend it to everybody who comes across this virus.
          I have a suspicion that some viruses are actually created by Antivirus companies themselves.
          While there may be some companies engaging in crap like that - as in all those "Scan Your PC Free!" apps that report issues but require a purchase for it to "clean" them - this is not one of them.

          MWB has been around a long time, is very well known & respected in the security industry, and enjoys a solid & well-earned reputation.

          Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Just keep in mind that backups can be infected too. So when you restore your backups you may have the same problem.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author abrandt
      Hello Mosa:

      Thanks for a good heads-up.

      For the past 2-years I have been using:

      • Malwarebytes (PAID version)
      • SuperAntiSpyware (PAID version)
      • Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) (Freeware)
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      Some comments about the above:

      • Above combo has not generated conflicts.
      • MSE auto upate is slow - often requires manual update.
      • SuperAntiSpware has been by far the most active in finding malware.
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      I had not heard of not heard of Rkill. Here's a Google search that provides provides a plethora of details:
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      I have also tested ThreatFire by PC Tools (Symantec) which did nothing but cause conflicts. Be careful with this application: like most Symantec apps, it is highly resistant to uninstallation.
      • snapfiles.com/get/cyberhawk.html
      • freewaregenius.com/top30/#ThreatFire
      • freewaregenius.com/2008/01/11/threatfire-provides-sophisticated-real-time-antispyware-protection.
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      Advanced Win Service Manager - I am going to be testing this app in the near future. Specialized software for smarter analysis of Windows Services - will scan the services running, whenever you want it to, just run the program and hit the refresh button. It will automatically attempt to discern if a given service is harmless or is a potential threat. If a possible threat is detected, it will alert you and, using a very easy to learn color coding system it will show what threat level it has found. It can discover rootkits and it's got a completely portable version included with the download so you can run it from a USB drive if needed.

      Some of the classic features include Detection of Malicious/Rootkit Services, Automatic Threat Analysis, Service Filter mechanism, Integrated Online Virus/Malware Scan, Color based Threat Representation, HTML/XML based Service Report etc.


      • freewaregenius.com/protect-your-system-from-malware-and-look-up-unknown-processes-with-advanced-win-service-manager
      • securityxploded.com/winservicemanager.php


      I hope this proves to be helpful sooner than later.
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      Alan

      WF MODERATOR DISCLAIMER: I have no relationship of any kind with the parties or links listed above other than being a potential user.
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      • Profile picture of the author Adam X
        This is why I backup all my files on a cloud server. I even download all my gmail. Something to think about.
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        • Profile picture of the author ProfessorMetal
          I'm with Terrance. I swear by Avast and Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes has saved my a$$ many times. It very good at catching crap and stoppingitin it'stracks before it can make its way onto your machine.
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