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Folders with weird Chinese like characters in my registry


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I just happened to be looking in my registry and found those folders with weird Chinese like characters in HKEY-CURRENT_USER for the user account I log into my PC with.

I went through steps on another forum to check security scans and otherwise of my PC as follows:

Downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
  • Right-click on the MBAM icon and select Run as administrator to run the tool.
  • Click Yes to accept any security warnings that may appear.
  • Once the MBAM dashboard opens, on the right detail pane click on the word "Current" under the Scan Status to update the tool database.
  • On the left menu pane click the Settings tab, and then select the Protection tab on the top.
  • Under the Scan Options, turn on the button Scan for rootkits and Scan within archives.
  • Click the Scan tab on the right detail pane, select Threat Scan and click the Start Scan button
  • Note: The scan may take some time to finish, so please be patient.
  • If potential threats are detected, ensure to check mark all the listed items, and click the Quarantine Selected button.
  • While still on the Scan tab, click the View Report button, and in the window that opens click the Export button, select Text file (*.txt), and save the log to your Desktop.
  • The log can also be viewed by clicking the log to select it, then clicking the View Report button
The above were carried out and found to be clean.

Downloaded AdwCleaner:

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.
  • Click the LogFile button and the report will open in Notepad.
IMPORTANT
  • If you click the Clean button all items listed in the report will be removed.
If you find some false positive items or programs that you wish to keep, Close the AdwCleaner windows.
  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.
  • Check off the element(s) you wish to keep.
  • Click on the Clean button follow the prompts.
  • A log file will automatically open after the scan has finished.
  • Please post the content of that log file with your next answer.
  • You can find the log file at C:\AdwCleanerCx.txt (x is a number).
The above were carried out and then the following:

Downloaded the FarBar Recovery Scan Tool (64bit) saved to my desktop:

Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
Press Scan button.
It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.

How to attach a file to your reply:
In the Reply section in the bottom of the topic Click the "more reply Options" button.


Attach the file.
Select the "Choose a File" navigate to the location of the File.
Click the file you wish to Attach.
Click Attach this file.
Click the Add reply button.

The logs were posted for all the above.

It was required I run the computer using an Administrator Account, after making the mistake of thinking I could run FarBar elevated as an administrator in my local User Account and not an Administrator account. So that was done in order to show a complete picture

Then I was asked to open notepad and paste the code I was given to save the file as fixlist.txt in the same folder where the Farbar tool is run from; the location listed in the 3rd line of the Farbar log created.

Then I asked to run FRRST and click (b) Fix only once and wait. Tool creeated a Fixlog.txt file which I posted

The folders with Chinese characters appear to have little in them, weirdly titled folders with cl files, and each having cache2 and ext folders with default files in both only (snapshots attached here)

I also noted that I had done scans running ESET as an offline scanner to begin with. Avast and then Zemana, all showed no malware or viruses. That computer had been running fine, it was not slow, and browsers have performed and applications have performed normally.

Thereafter, as requested, I ran the Farbar program .exe as an administrator for a look to see what could be found in the registry as the only entry he could work with was Cache2, so I copied and pasted Cache2 in the programs search text area and clicked Search Registry button for FRST to create a log in notepad, which I posted. The result of that log showed it was evident that it must have been where I had deleted the Avast Browser Cleanup component that was part of Avast and the registry had leftover entries that a program like Revo uninstaller would have removed had it had been done through a proper uninstall perhaps?

So then I was asked to copy all the text IN THE QUOTE BOX provided to notepad in an attempt to remove the registry entries. I saved it as fixme.reg to my desktop, ensuring that the "Save as" type is set to "all files" Then I had saved it I was asked to right clcik the .reg file and allow it to merge with the registry. This I did, however, it did not appear to remove the registries.

After some confusion, he thought my current user profile might be damaged, though there appeared to be no performance or security issues and he thought I should delete it, which perplexed me as this was surely an innocuous issue of leftover registry entries that perhaps was not correctly set to enable it to be removed? However he re-read my reply and quoted he had misread my problems with my current User profile and Administrator profile, and suggested that the User file was ok but to leave the weird Chinese entries alone and that I should create a new profile with administrator rights and slowly populate it with what I need.

Now I am asking the question regarding the folders with weird Chinese characters here because he felt that experts with that 8.1 Operating system can help you better than he could as he does not have a 8.1 machine at his disposal. So I would greatly appreciate any help and advise. One theory I had was to backup the regsitry and then manually delete the entries and then reboot the PC to test it but I'm not sure if that would be advisable?

Thank you.
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer Aspire