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TMP file in Windows\Temp directory infected?

by danawenco / December 9, 2009 1:35 PM PST


MBAM has reported one of my c:\Windows\Temp\TMP files as infected (with Trojan.Dropper). I tried removing it with MBAM and after that some of my programs are blocked at start up. Restoring that file followed by a System restore put my PC back to normal.

Neigher my AVG nor SuperAntiSpyware scans reported any malware, I suspect that it is a FP, therefore I am thinking of doing a disk cleanup to try to get rid of that file instead. My question is, if that file is indeed infected, would it be sufficient to get rid of it using disk cleanup?

Many thanks.

OS: Vista SP2

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Re: Questionable file
by Carol~ Forum moderator / December 9, 2009 9:26 PM PST


Unless I'm misunderstanding you, you stated when you removed the file MBAM detected as infected, some of your programs were blocked from start up. You suspected it might have been a false positive. Why would you want to try to (again) remove the file, without confirming whether (or not) it was a false positive?

It would help if you update MBAM, and then run another scan. Please post a copy of the log.


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Re: temp file
by Kees Bakker / December 9, 2009 9:32 PM PST

1. System restore normally shouldn't monitor (so not restore either) temporary files, I think.
2. What's the full name (including extension) of this suspected file?


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by danawenco / December 10, 2009 12:59 AM PST
In reply to: Re: temp file

Thanks Kees and Carol,

This is what I see in my log file:

Files Infected:
C:\Windows\Temp\TMP00000001E383AE0526BADEF (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

I am trying to get rid of the file because I don't know how to confirm if that's a FP so I'd like to be safe. I have been updating my MBAM and doing my scans for a number of days and this file keeps coming back up as a threat.

I tried opening that file and see a lot of strange symbols (as expected), and I can't tell if it contains any personal information, so I am reluctant to post it to MBAM's forum to see if it is a FP.

Thank you.

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