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Hey guys, does this spyware fix seem legit?

#11holy_bolt(Topic Creator)Posted 7/13/2014 3:39:24 PM
Ok, looking thru my Task Manager, I'm only using 37% of my Memory. Most of it is FireFox (456 MB), Malwarebytes (105 MB) and something called Service Host: Local Network (Restricted) [71 MB]. Nothing else jumps out at me.

FireFox is probs using so much b/c I have Cookie Clicker running in the background.
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#12Pal 080Posted 7/13/2014 3:40:33 PM
System Restore point maybe...?

I've never had much of an issue with really invasive spyware and what not, but many years ago when our family first got a decent desktop PC, my sister immediately got it infected with some BS. It really screwed up the PC and I was quite worried. Couldn't un-install, wasn't removed by spyware scan, but a system restore point fixed it in a jiffy.

This was like 15 years ago though so perhaps things have gotten more sophisticated and aren't removed by such measures, I'm sure not everything is.
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#13DarkrobotisbackPosted 7/13/2014 4:13:52 PM(edited)
You could try system restore, but it's not really doing anything harmful, and it's definitely not a keylogger type right?

So my guess is that you either live with it, or just boot into safe mode and see what happens?

I'm guessing its some sort of benign virus that remains dormant after it changes your Internet settings??

I mean performance wise it hasn't altered the boot up sequence speed, or the speed of opening files???
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#14holy_bolt(Topic Creator)Posted 7/13/2014 4:46:19 PM
Nah, everything seems to be running good. The only true oddness is that I get damn hyperlinks and massive ads on almost al websites from something called cosstminn. Adblock doesn't get rid of them.

Tbh, I'm home for the summer and I'm mostly offline til I head back to uni. I picked this up when I took my laptop to the library the other day to download some questionable material. It had an option to download anonymusly, which kicked me to what looked like a perfectly normal download manager, but it installed this crap somewhere along the line :/
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#15rusty12000Posted 7/13/2014 4:56:24 PM
make sure windows is in safemode when trying to remove spyware and stuff.
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#16DarkrobotisbackPosted 7/13/2014 4:57:30 PM
holy_bolt posted...
Nah, everything seems to be running good. The only true oddness is that I get damn hyperlinks and massive ads on almost al websites from something called cosstminn. Adblock doesn't get rid of them.

Tbh, I'm home for the summer and I'm mostly offline til I head back to uni. I picked this up when I took my laptop to the library the other day to download some questionable material. It had an option to download anonymusly, which kicked me to what looked like a perfectly normal download manager, but it installed this crap somewhere along the line :/


Questionable material
Lol, we all download something were not proud of :D
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#17holy_bolt(Topic Creator)Posted 7/13/2014 10:47:49 PM(edited)
Darkrobotisback posted...
holy_bolt posted...
Nah, everything seems to be running good. The only true oddness is that I get damn hyperlinks and massive ads on almost al websites from something called cosstminn. Adblock doesn't get rid of them.

Tbh, I'm home for the summer and I'm mostly offline til I head back to uni. I picked this up when I took my laptop to the library the other day to download some questionable material. It had an option to download anonymusly, which kicked me to what looked like a perfectly normal download manager, but it installed this crap somewhere along the line :/


Questionable material
Lol, we all download something were not proud of :D


Hell, no shame in my game. It was porn. Since I don't have net access at home, I can just stream it like a normal person. Can't really say more than that b/c GameFAQS ToU.

EDIT: Realized after I post that something in this could be construed VERY badly and went for a quick edit.
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#18DarkrobotisbackPosted 7/14/2014 3:32:25 AM
holy_bolt posted...
Darkrobotisback posted...
holy_bolt posted...
Nah, everything seems to be running good. The only true oddness is that I get damn hyperlinks and massive ads on almost al websites from something called cosstminn. Adblock doesn't get rid of them.

Tbh, I'm home for the summer and I'm mostly offline til I head back to uni. I picked this up when I took my laptop to the library the other day to download some questionable material. It had an option to download anonymusly, which kicked me to what looked like a perfectly normal download manager, but it installed this crap somewhere along the line :/


Questionable material
Lol, we all download something were not proud of :D


Hell, no shame in my game. It was porn. Since I don't have net access at home, I can just stream it like a normal person. Can't really say more than that b/c GameFAQS ToU.

EDIT: Realized after I post that something in this could be construed VERY badly and went for a quick edit.


Btw, I figured out how to get rid of Conduit, or that other thing that changed your Internet browser.

What you got was a "hijack" virus, which is benign compared to keylogger,Trojans, and worms.
This is how it works, when you download something illegally, it usually tells you if want to download other third party software, even though you decline it, you still end up getting the virus...

Anyways these types of viruses are easy to get rid of, just go on Internet properties and look for search engine, after that disable and delete the foreign search engines. After that, you want to go to start, and look for add or remove programs, and from their you uninstall the foreign programs (usually being named as the new unwanted search engine you go).

And to make sure those files are gone from your OS, you would want to run any antivirus program you have (just to make sure)
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#19AnatomyHorrorPosted 7/14/2014 5:09:59 AM(edited)
Like someone else already said, you did try going into safe mode and running spybot yeah? Safe mode should only load up necessary files for windows, not the malware.
#20Rai_JinPosted 7/14/2014 5:22:47 AM
Try to run Stinger, maybe it helps.

http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/how-to-use-stinger.aspx