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Infected CNET download

by Mike1951a / March 18, 2013 9:32 PM PDT

Om 3/16, I came to CNET looking for a global filename editor, because I had always trusted CNET.

I believe the program I downloaded was DirEdit. I can't be absolutely sure because the program opened once and then disappeared completely. I went to control panel to search and sorted the programs by date.

The program I installed was not shown at all but 'search protect by conduit', mixiDJ V8 toolbar, and getsavin had all installed at the time of running the CNET download.

These were not caught by Malwarebytes Pro nor did they appear in a full scan. A full scan and a boot time scan with Avast free also failed to detect it.

After several days of deleting Chrome extensions and false home pages, deleting files, and removing over 50 instances in my registry, the malware remains.

I would appreciate it if CNET could check this particular download and possibly other top search results.

If you have any hints on eliminating the malware, that would be good, too.

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Before I report this to Download.com...
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / March 19, 2013 3:19 AM PDT
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You asked about eliminating the remaining files..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / March 19, 2013 10:09 PM PDT
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I'm surprised to hear Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware didn't detect any of the three. That said..........

I would start with HitmanPro. If it finds any "malicious" files, click on "activate free license" to start the 30 day trial period.

If you have no luck with HitmanPro, try scanning with the Junkware Removal Tool and/or AdwCleaner. Note the "AdwCleaner Usage Instructions" on the lower half of the page.

Best of luck..
Carol

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Beware CNET now supports malware
by icemel / May 2, 2013 9:46 AM PDT
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Mike,
That was not rogue code injected on to CNET site...that's an ad they put there!...and are making money no doubt off your pain.
This thread has a solution: http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6142_102-589418/mixi-dj-search

What's next, anti-virus companies planting malware with their downloads?
This is a sad day.

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