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Well, never thought this would happen to me. Last night I was multitasking and didn't pay attention when downloading Driver Sweeper: apparently it's been discontinued, and instead I clicked on one of the ads on the page with "Download here," turned out not to be Sweeper but I didn't realize it until it was already installed. I immediately ran a full system scan with Avast, but it turned nothing up.

Unfortunately, there's definitely something wrong with my computer: 1. I've gotten a couple of messages saying "Windows must restart to fully implement these changes" that were definitely not from Windows; 2. While browsing in Chrome (only OCN and rockpapershotgun open), a download window appeared out of nowhere trying to download the file "LvZcm8qkNkw&showsearch=0.swf"; 3. Shockwave Flash is crashing on every page in Chrome (used the plugin fix), ordinarily I wouldn't think it's related but the timing makes me suspicious.

Some info about the program: 1. the url for the file I downloaded is "http://cdn.airdlr.com/downloads/bundles/ads/new/manager/v3/setup.exe"; 2. it is not in the supposed install location (Program Files (x86)/Free Download Manager), nor can I find anything by the "Download Manager" name via Windows Search.

I've never really been infected before so unsure as to what to do at this point. I would reinstall Windows, but that really isn't an option at the moment since I'm on a netbook with no CD drive, and I don't have a copy of Windows either. Is there anything I should do before buying Windows and copying to flashdrive to reinstall?
Edited by AOwpr - 8/16/12 at 7:10pm
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Download and run this: http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/
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Quote:
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Download and run this: http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/

A free malware removal program? Thanks dude.
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Download and run this: http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/
Alright thanks, will boot into safe mode and run, will report back if it turns up anything.
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Quote:
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A free malware removal program? Thanks dude.

One of the best out there too wink.gif
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If you can do it for free, why not. thumb.gif

Just finished downloading, fingers crossed it bags the creeper.
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Be sure to use combofix.
 
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Don't boot into safe mode unless you have to... malwarebytes is much less effective when run in safe mode due to the way it scans and removes malware. If necessary try using msconfig to disable all startup programs and then run a MBAM scan.
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post #9 of 17
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If you can do it for free, why not. thumb.gif
Just finished downloading, fingers crossed it bags the creeper.

Also try and make sure to update it before scanning.
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post #10 of 17
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Ah didn't know it's less effective in safe mode, thanks for the heads-up. And yup, MWB is updated.

New issue: when I tried booting into safe mode, I was treated to the Windows 8 equivalent of a BSOD. I finally waded through a dozen or more "disk repair" popups and whatnot, so it's working now and MWB is running, but it says I was logged into a "temporary Windows profile," you cannot access your files and files created in this profile will be deleted when you log off. Very strange
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