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Remove Virus PWS:Win32/Fareit.gen!C

Posted on 2013-06-20
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I'm running Vista on Dell OptiPlex.  Microsoft Security Essentials keeps reporting: "Detected threats are being cleaned."

I tried removing all of the Detected Items in the History tab in MSE but they keep coming back.

How do I get rid of this virus?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Darin
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Step One: I booted into safe mode.  

Step Two: I find no files in \system32\ that match [random].exe.  All files in system32 look legitimate to me and I find none dated within the last 30 days that would fit the description.

Step Two: Similarly, I find no files as described in the instructions as follows: C:\Users\name\AppData\Local\Temp\[random names].exe.

Step Three: I'm hesitant to delete any of the files I see in the Registry Editor.  Many of the entries fit the description [set of random numbers]  or [random characters].  At least they look random to me.  

Any other suggestions?

thanks,
darin
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Did you run a full-system scan with Microsoft Security Essentials?
If no update Microsoft Security Essentials run a full scan and follow a full scan with Malwarebytes.
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by:DarinOBrien
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I ran a full scan with MSE and found nothing and no MSE updates were available.

I ran full scan with Malwarebytes and it found 23 files.  I removed them all and the problem apparenty went away.

It's worth noting that none of the malware detected by Malwarebytes specifically referenced Fareit.gen!C.

Thanks much!
darin
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