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Windows 7: BringStar.exe Malware


31 Jan 2014   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
Thanks for clarifying.
Different malware scanners do have different strenghths and the full regiment compliments each one. I've run through 9 or 10 scanners and each one finds different things it deems bad.

It's your choice to install and run anythng suggested. I'm not sure I can offer anything other than "use this" or "use that" - as you said, there's no information available to work on.

See if the IE suggestions clear up the registry for you. Other than that, I'm out of ideas.

Bill
i completely agree, info on the current subject is very limited, we can only offer suggestions on programs to run etc, I would advise going into your "program files" and "Program files x86" and having a look for it in there.

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31 Jan 2014   #12

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

I dug a little deeper: here's some information you can work with.
Pmagma.exe related to Bringstar
Pmagma.exe Google results
herdProtect Analysis of pmagma.exe

The next steps are up to you Jack. I'll be glad to walk you through the malware scanners, but that's all I can do. If you don't want to download and run anything, that's your choice. I just don't know of any other way to clean up a computer that's infected.

Someone can point you to some very good tools and help you use them, but no one can help you clean up your system if you won't install and run the tools. Check out the links I posted and give it some thought.

herdProtect is pretty cool, it's still in beta though. I've used it to test and there didn't seem to be any side effects. you might consider the portable version which limits the footprint on your system (there has to be some footprint).

Anyway... that's really is all I have.

Good luck.

Bill
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31 Jan 2014   #13

Windows 7 - 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
Got it, I wasn't sure which program you uninstalled in post 1.

The registry entries all seem related to IE - check the add-ons and remove anything Bringstar. Go through all of the types and options in the drop down box (currently loaded, run without permission....)

Since there's relatively little information on the web (except for your post on Zone Alarm... funny thing, someone answered your post there and pointed to your post here as a possible solution) and you've already tried to properly uninstall it - you might as well just delete the Bringstar folders.

Do you have cCleaner installed?
I don't use IE and have never installed an add-on..... just open it for WU.

Only IE add-ons are:

Adobe PDF
Java
XML DOM from MicroSoft
Was a arteemis search provider (removed)

And thanks for the effort .... I knew I was facing an uphill battle given the limited info available. As for the registry entries.... never had to face this before. Whenever I have done manual edits to registry I have never remoivbed the folder, just on eo fht eentries in it....so for example with,

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{7F729B23-22C4-4C83-9BC8-8B9C59F2A51A - refers to IBringStarBHO

Since "IBringStarBHO" is the only entry in the {7F729B23-22C4-4C83-9BC8-8B9C59F2A51A} folder I assume I don't have to leave the folder behind and remove the {7F729B23-22C4-4C83-9BC8-8B9C59F2A51A} folder as well ?

As for the ZA folks sending me here, i found that a bit off putting.....
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31 Jan 2014   #14
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Go into 'safe mode' and delete the folder. Reboot...
Then, download TFC by Old Timer TFC - Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer - Geeks to Go Forums and save it to your desktop.
Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista/Windows 7 right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.
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31 Jan 2014   #15

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JackNaylorPE View Post
As for the ZA folks sending me here, i found that a bit off putting.....
I'm only here to reply to one sentence in your post, don't let this sidetrack you.

Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought you posted on ZA and then came here and created this thread.
Later, someone on ZA thought they would help you there and pointed you to your thread here. I thought it was funny: on ZA: "Hi Jack, maybe your thread on Sevenforums can help you solve the issue"

It was propably the only search result for Bringstar
pmagma.exe gets more useful search results

I'll step out again, good luck.

Jacee is asking you to do some things, follow her lead.

Bill
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01 Feb 2014   #16
scr

Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Here's something on BringStar from Malwarebytes Posted Today:

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/inde...owtopic=141488

And repeated here:

Removal instructions for BringStar - Geeks to Go Forums
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01 Feb 2014   #17

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scr View Post
Here's something on BringStar from Malwarebytes Posted Today:
https://forums.malwarebytes.org/inde...owtopic=141488
And repeated here:
Removal instructions for BringStar - Geeks to Go Forums
Hmmmm Malwarebytes, eh. Now why didn't I think of that!

Bill
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01 Feb 2014   #18
scr

Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit
 
 

It was posted today at 4:38 AM. Prior there was next to nothing on the subject. I imagine that the latest update to the Malwarebytes database now includes a remedy for BringStar
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01 Feb 2014   #19

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scr View Post
It was posted today at 4:38 AM. Prior there was next to nothing on the subject. I imagine that the latest update to the Malwarebytes database now includes a remedy for BringStar
Thanks, I was being facetious. I think Jack managed to supress the issue, but I'm not confident that there isn't something still lurking.

Jack seems to manage his machine the way he's comfortable doing. I respect that, I'm cautious on my machine too. There are times that I need other tools and I don't trust all of the stuff out there.

That's one of the great things about SF, members try the tools themselves and have a good understanding of the tool. Almost (I stress almost) any tool offered on SF has been vetted by people experienced in that area of computers (hardware, software, malware, OS, BIOS....)

Anyway, I'm not sure that Jack is still with us. If he comes back, there's lots of information for him to read.

Bill
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01 Feb 2014   #20
scr

Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Your facetiousness was understood.

I'm careful with my system as well, probably to a fault. At minimum I create a restore point before using any tool on my system but more then likely I will create an image. I use the search function on the forums extensively before using any tool as well as search the Internet. It's not that I have any trust issues on recommended tools by the members of this forum but more that I want to know what will happen, I call it training. Same goes for software installations.

I always want a path back to the prior state if needed.
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