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Just dealt with the worst malware I've ever seen!

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    Just dealt with the worst malware I've ever seen!


    I spent a full day fighting with a laptop infected with the "FULL-DiskFighter" malware. The laptop was playing audio ads every few minutes and sometime several would be playing at the same time. After much work (stopping processes, uninstalling suspicious apps, tried to boot into safe mode to correct it, etc...), I ran the following:

    - Microsoft Security Essentials
    - Norton Power Eraser
    - ComboFix
    - CCleaner
    - MalWareBytes
    - McAfee Stinger

    And none of these were able to clean the PC. MalWareBytes was the only program to detect and quarantine the rogue software, but it couldn't remove it. After about 6 hours, I backed up the data (it was uninfected) and formatted the drive and reinstalled Windows 7. All is well now but that was a nightmare! Has anyone else seen this particularly nasty malware out there?

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    I had not had the unfortunate experience of dealing with this particular variant...but I have run into challenging ones like this before.

    Just out of curiosity, what web browser was used on this machine (Was it IE or Chrome)?
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    Both IE and Chrome were infected and were hijacked by "Su do", "Search Do", "Babylon" and others... Chrome seems to be more easily hijacked than IE or FireFox, in my experience... especially the Babylon malware... None of the anti-malware or cleaning software I tried really worked, and that really discourages me...
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    If you have a sample available submit it to Microsoft:
    https://www.microsoft.com/security/p...on/submit.aspx
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    Thanks! I normally submit samples to Symantec at work, but i didn't submit this because I was fed up, frustrated and just wanted to clean the PC. I'm sure the kid will do the same thing and get infected again, it's just a matter of time...
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I spent a full day fighting with a laptop infected with the "FULL-DiskFighter" malware. The laptop was playing audio ads every few minutes and sometime several would be playing at the same time. After much work (stopping processes, uninstalling suspicious apps, tried to boot into safe mode to correct it, etc...), I ran the following:

    - Microsoft Security Essentials
    - Norton Power Eraser
    - ComboFix
    - CCleaner
    - MalWareBytes
    - McAfee Stinger

    And none of these were able to clean the PC. MalWareBytes was the only program to detect and quarantine the rogue software, but it couldn't remove it. After about 6 hours, I backed up the data (it was uninfected) and formatted the drive and reinstalled Windows 7. All is well now but that was a nightmare! Has anyone else seen this particularly nasty malware out there?
    Disconnecting from the internet is the first step when dealing with such issues because otherwise the bad-guys / programs keep receiving reinforcements. Many registry keys get modified in the process and sometimes a clean install is the only thing that guarantees a good repair.

    I hope you wiped the malware out entirely.
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    Yes, I agree 100! I forgot to mention that I unplugged the Ethernet and WIFI was not setup, so the PC was isolated from the Internet and I booted into "Safe Mode". Reformatting the drive and reinstalling Win7 from scratch, applying all updates, patches and drivers and updating the BIOS made the notebook run great! I just want to be sure this doesn't happen again...
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    Both IE and Chrome were infected and were hijacked by "Su do", "Search Do", "Babylon" and others... Chrome seems to be more easily hijacked than IE or FireFox, in my experience... especially the Babylon malware... None of the anti-malware or cleaning software I tried really worked, and that really discourages me...

    I though Chrome was better protected due to the whole sandbox thing they do?
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    I've had problems at work due to IE, but never chrome. That has been my experience.
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    NJ
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    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    since this is a machine that loves to get malware and Trojans by it user (I have a few of those clients) I installed Kinsgsoft Antivirus 2012 in addition to MSE. It is the only one that can play nice with MSE and the only antivirus program that can run in realtime alongside of MSE. It is cloud based and it also protects very nicely the web browsers. Since I installed it on these computers and also on my test machines where I give them everything bad to see if the antivirus/antispyware programs can grab it, None of them got anything bad including 2 of my clients who NEVER listen to me. You can go to Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 - Best Free Antivirus Software Download to see it. They are in the process of coming out with an English version of 2013 but it is not out yet but 2012 is very stable and you will be shocked on how it installs. It runs on both 32bit and 64 bit machines and also runs fine on Win8 but it does disable WD on 8
    Try it out you have nothing to loose
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