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Windows 7: New and odd systray icon

07 Nov 2014   #31
gregrocker

 

Based on their track records here I would be much more suspcious of Avast which hardly anyone recommends here any longer due to it bloating up and causing issues. Now I only see recommendations here for MSE and recently Panda Cloud free which I am using and find more aggressive but just as lightweight as MSE.

You can test this by uninstalling Avast and running MSE to see if the problem persists. You'll need to use the Avast Uninstall Utility | Download aswClear for Avast Removal which is required for uninstalling the worst bloatware AV's.

If that doesn't do it then try uninstalling SAS completely to test without both.

I'd run SFC /SCANNOW Command to see how System files survive this.

Just my 2 cents free advice.


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08 Nov 2014   #32
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Well, I uninstalled Avast, reinstalled Avira (which I trust and never had a problem with), and ran SAS with SASCORE service enabled. Sure enough, SAS crashed - again - in C:\Windows\winsxs.
I instructed SAS to exclude C:\Windows\winsxs and four scans completed and showed no malware.
There's something in C:\Windows\winsxs that SAS chokes on now. Since in the at least five years that I've used SAS, it's never found anything except a couple of cookies. Now it crashes on Windows files? Psh. Out it goes.
SFC /SCANNOW found no errors except my changed startup .wav file.
Thanks for the help, Greg.
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08 Nov 2014   #33
gregrocker

 

First time I've heard that about SAS in five years.

An alternative is AdwCleaner which many here prefer actually.

I'd still bet there's some latent corruption somewhere causing this.

Did you get rid of the icon?
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15 Nov 2014   #34
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Whoops. Sorry for the delay, Greg.
AdwCleaner scan results:
Code:
# AdwCleaner v4.101 - Report created 15/11/2014 at 22:37:06
# Updated 09/11/2014 by Xplode
# Database : 2014-11-13.1 [Live]
# Operating System : Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (32 bits)
# Username : user - FUZZY
# Running from : C:\Users\user\Desktop\AdwCleaner.exe
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****


***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

[x] Not Deleted : C:\Program Files\GreenTree Applications

***** [ Scheduled Tasks ] *****


***** [ Shortcuts ] *****


***** [ Registry ] *****

Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\{02478D38-C3F9-4EFB-9B51-7695ECA05670}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\{EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\APN PIP
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\systweak
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\PIP

***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v11.0.9600.17420


-\\ Mozilla Firefox v33.1 (x86 en-US)

[k9xq9nrb.default\prefs.js] - Line Deleted : user_pref("extensions.gencrawler@some.com.install-event-fired", false);
[k9xq9nrb.default\prefs.js] - Line Deleted : user_pref("extensions.wrc.SearchRules.ask.com.style", ".WRCN {display:none} #yui-main .tsrc_vnru .title + .WRCN, #yui-main #teoma-results .title + .WRCN {display:inline !important; background: url(\"I[...]
[k9xq9nrb.default\prefs.js] - Line Deleted : user_pref("extensions.wrc.SearchRules.ask.com.url", "^hxxp(s)?\\:\\/\\/(.+\\.)?ask\\.com\\/.*");
[k9xq9nrb.default\prefs.js] - Line Deleted : user_pref("extensions.wrc.SearchRules.rambler.ru.style", ".WRCN {display:none} .search-results .title + .WRCN {display:inline !important; background: url(\"IMAGE\") right no-repeat}");

*************************

AdwCleaner[R1].txt - [1835 octets] - [15/11/2014 22:35:10]
AdwCleaner[S0].txt - [1813 octets] - [15/11/2014 22:37:06]

########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[S0].txt - [1873 octets] ##########
And yes, the icon disappeared after I uninstalled Avast.
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15 Nov 2014   #35
gregrocker

 

Nice to hear. How is overall performance now?
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17 Nov 2014   #36
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

I'd have answered this yesterday but my DSL was out. Zero problems, to be honest. I'm content.
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