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Inquisitive

Member Since 27 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active Feb 29 2012 03:20 PM
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Not sure what to do about mysterious program

27 February 2012 - 02:27 AM

A few weeks ago there was an 'add-on' that tried to install itself onto my browser(firefox) and it happened randomly when I was doing nothing related to any downloading. The add-on was called mapsgalaxy. I blocked it and didn't think much of it until I saw that it had downloaded itself onto internet explorer without my consent. I did some research and couldn't find anything about it (I didn't look too much into it because I didn't feel it was a threat at the time). I wasn't able to remove it no matter what I did, so I just let it stay for a while. A couple weeks ago when I ran a Malwarebytes scan, mapsgalaxy showed up as several adware files, which I promptly removed. This morning, I finally got suspicious and decided to go through my whole registry and carefully wipe out any and all signs of this thing on my computer using the 'Find' feature with the keyword 'galaxy'. It no longer shows up in my add-on list on IE and as far as I can tell, I've deleted it completely. It will show up as maps_galaxy, mapsgalaxy_39, mapsgalaxy, anything of that sort and it was spread all throughout my registry. I'm not sure if it's at all dangerous, but it makes me a bit uneasy to think it might be, and that Malwarebytes couldn't detect and remove everything.
I emailed tech support to see if I could contribute in any way to Malwarebytes by reporting this, but they said I needed to post samples of it in the 'newest threats' section of the forum. I didn't keep any samples. The best thing I have is my Malwarebytes log from that particular scan (it was a quick scan, but I later ran a full scan and it didn't detect anything else). Not sure what else I can do, but just thought I'd try to give everyone a heads up.

Thank you!