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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2013, 07:03:37 PM »
nope he probably dont need it...as he say he see the problem

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2013, 07:06:03 PM »
nope he probably dont need it...as he say he see the problem

Thank you Pondus - I will start using the fix now and will report back :)

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2013, 07:29:48 PM »
Nope no need as the culprit was found in the OTL log, there appears to be a problem with the aswmbr server hence the long download.  I will wait till it gets better before I use that

Please run the fix

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2013, 08:25:47 PM »
OTL run as requested, new scan log attached.

Just going to run the ComboFix now.

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2013, 09:43:12 PM »
That killed the main bad boy, combofix will now tidy up for me :)

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2013, 11:09:34 PM »
That killed the main bad boy, combofix will now tidy up for me :)

ComboFix sat there with the text: "Scanning for infected files . . . This typically doesn't take more than 10 minutes However, scan times for infected machines may easily double" but no other text - I waited almost 2 hours (SOMETHING was happening, as the orange light was constantly flickering) but have had to stop it (and did a reboot) as I need to go to bed. Can I restart the process tomorrow?

Also, something has made all the file extensions (jpg, wps, etc) display - will this be fixed when I complete a ComboFix scan?

Thanks you so much for all your help.

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2013, 11:13:37 PM »
Certainly, the extensions will be rehidden once I tidy up.  How is the computer otherwise ?

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« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2013, 11:24:07 PM »
Certainly, the extensions will be rehidden once I tidy up.  How is the computer otherwise ?

Seems quite whizzy! Best it's been in a LONG time!  :-*

So ComboFix will be OK to run tomorrow, from the original download?

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2013, 11:28:53 PM »
Yes use the original, if it asks to update then allow it to do so

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2013, 07:27:24 PM »
Well I started ComboFix at about 11.15 this morning, and 7 hours later it was still sitting with the text "Scanning for infected files . . . This typically doesn't take more than 10 minutes However, scan times for infected machines may easily double" and nothing else. The orange light was flickering constantly and I could hear the PC working. I can't leave it running anymore today so have had to stop ComboFix again.

Isn't there anything quicker I can use? Or have you any idea how long I should be waiting? (as clearly, 10 minutes/'easily double' is not going to be an accurate estimate for me!)

Thanks :)

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2013, 07:40:37 PM »
OK one possibility is that daemon tools is blocking it, it does do this sometimes.  But rather than disable that (unless necessary)  how is the computer behaving at the moment ?  Any problems or anomalies

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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2013, 07:59:25 PM »
OK one possibility is that daemon tools is blocking it, it does do this sometimes.  But rather than disable that (unless necessary)  how is the computer behaving at the moment ?  Any problems or anomalies

Seems to be OK, a LOT faster than before I registered Avast the other day. No pop up bubbles so far.

The file extensions are still showing though. And the PC wants to go into Stand-by if I leave it for more than 20 minutes - although I guess this is just a setting that's been restored to factory default with all the scans and fixes, and I can go reset it back to how I want it?

Also - what's daemon tools? I don't recognise this as being something I've ever had on my PC?

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2013, 08:02:20 PM »
Yes reset the power options to how you want them, I will tidy up now and see how it runs after that

Subject to no further problems   :)

I will remove my tools now and give some recommendations, but, I would like you to run for 24 hours or so and come back if you have any problems 

Now the best part of the day ----- Your log now appears clean  :thumbsup:

A good workman always cleans up after himself so..The following will implement some cleanup procedures as well as reset  System Restore points:

Run OTL
  • Under the Custom Scans/Fixes box at the bottom, paste in the following
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    [resethosts]
    [emptytemp]
    [CLEARALLRESTOREPOINTS]
     [Reboot]
  • Then click the Run Fix button at the top
  • Let the program run unhindered, reboot the PC when it is done
Remove ComboFix
  • Hold down the Windows key + R on your keyboard. This will display the Run dialogue box
  • In the Run box, type in ComboFix /Uninstall
     (Notice the space between the "x" and "/")
    then click OK



  • Follow the prompts on the screen
  • A message should appear confirming that ComboFix was uninstalled
Run OTL and hit the cleanup button.  It will remove all the programmes we have used plus itself. 

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WARNING: Java is the #1 exploited program at this time. The Department of Homeland Security recommends that computer users disable Java
See this article and this article.
I would recommend that you completely uninstall Java unless you need it to run an important software.
In that instance I would recommend that you disable Java in your browsers until you need it for that software and then enable it. (See How to diasble Java in your web browser and How to unplug Java from the browser)

Now that you are clean, to help protect your computer in the future I recommend that you get the following free programmes:

Malwarebytes.

Update and run weekly to keep your system clean

Download and install FileHippo update checker and run it monthly it will show you which programmes on your system need updating and give a download link

If you use on-line banking then as an added layer of protection install Trusteer Rapport

It is critical to have both a firewall and anti virus to protect your system and to keep them updated. To keep your operating system up to date visit To learn more about how to protect yourself while on the internet read our little guide  How did I get infected in the first place ?Keep safe  :wave:

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Re: 'Malicious URL Blocked' constantly - even when no browser open!
« Reply #28 on: October 08, 2013, 08:37:26 PM »
DELETED - apologies, I was being premature, all is sorted now :)

Thanks so much for your help, my computer is happy now 8)
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