2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 8, 2012 5:20 AM by Peter M

    Continue to get hit by "Windows 7 Home Security" virus

      My purchase of McAfee Total Protection for our business was predicated on its ability to prevent us from getting hit by the "Windows 7 Home Security" malware. This virus hijacks all executables, substituting an official-looking window inviting you to purchase a fake securtiy product. I was able to remove it with Malware Bytes. Then I bought and installed McAfee Total Protection in the hopes of preventing its return. McAfee removes the Malware Bytes program, then fails to catch "Windows 7 Home Seucrity".

       

      I just found an article online from Feb. 2011 that says McAfee wasn't catching it then. My question is, why isn't it catching it now, almost one year later? This is a really bad malware, it prevents you from doing *anything*. You must find a fake "activation code" online to get rid of the window, then run Malware Bytes to remove.

        • 1. Re: Continue to get hit by "Windows 7 Home Security" virus

          Win 7 Internet Security 2012 / Win 7 Home Security 2012./ Win 7 Anti Virus / Windows 7 Security 2012 all these are same spayware.

           

           

          If you are trying to remove this spyware, there are full instructions on how to do  that manually at the link :

           

          http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-win-7-antispyware-2012

           

          http://123seminarsonly.com/Tips/007/Win-7-Internet-Security-2012.html

           

           

          There is a possibility that you will not be able to open any exe file after the removal of virus

           

          I will provide you one registry key. Download and run it. It will fix the issue with that open with  issue.

           

           

          To fix that one try

          https://community.mcafee.com/docs/DOC-1264

           

          There may be one more infection assosiated with it. That is why the inssue is recreating.  .

          To check it's presence you have to do one thing.

           

          In Windows XP

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          Click on the start meanu and press on Run.

          Inside the Run window type CMD and press on Okay.

          In the black Command Window type

          NETSH WINSOCK RESET and hit on enter.

           

          If you get a message

          "Sucessfully reset the Winsock Catalog.

          You must restart the machine in order to complete the reset." then you are safe.

          If not your computer is infected.

           

          Steps - 1

           

          Try the above steps.

           

          Steps-2

           

          Ping.exe is a infection. To fix this run a SIGVERIF on the compuiter. For that Click on Start Menue -> Click on Run -> Type SIGVERIF and press on Ok.

          Follow the instructions.

           

          It will detect one infected *.sys  file. You have to replace that file from the recovery console.

           

          The other solution to fix it is a Fresh Installation.

           

          In Windows Vista and Windows 7

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          Click on the Start Menu and in the Search box type CMD

          At the top you can see a CMD file. Just right click on that file and select Run as

           

          Administrator.

           

          In the black Command Window type

          NETSH WINSOCK RESET and hit on enter.

           

          If you get a message

          "Sucessfully reset the Winsock Catalog.

          You must restart the machine in order to complete the reset." then you are safe.

           

          If not your computer is infected. In windows Vista and Windows 7 a successful system restore

           

          will fix the issue. Try a system restore to a good point.

           

          After a successful system restore try to do the same step again.

          If you got the message "Sucessfully reset the Winsock Catalog.

          You must restart the machine in order to complete the reset." your computer is safe and secure.

          • 2. Re: Continue to get hit by "Windows 7 Home Security" virus
            Peter M

            Additionally to the above and regarding McAfee installer removing Malwarebytes.  It does to prevent possible software clashes, but there is nothing stopping you reinstalling it afterwards as long as it's the free version that you are using.   The pro version could feasibly clash with McAfee.  Regarding this annoyance, yes it would seem that McAfee lets these things in, but then all the brands of antivirus software do, it's the way the fake antimalware pests operate.

            For an antivirus to catch these things it would have to have its heuristic detection (detection of unknowns) set so high that practically everything on your machine could be regarded as a threat.   All antiviruses do a great job of blocking the millions of viruses, trojans and worms out there, but these fake anti-malware entities are neither.   Hence the specialist tools available for exactly that sort of thing.

            I recommend a few, you may wish to read here:  https://community.mcafee.com/docs/DOC-2168 see 3rd Party Tools about halfway down.

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