1. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14986
       4 Weeks Ago #1

    Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) November 2016


    We came across a browser modifier that sports rootkit capabilities. Not only does the threat, detected as BrowserModifier:Win32/Soctuseer, cross the line that separates legitimate software from unwanted, it also takes staying under the radar to the next level.

    Rootkit capabilities, which make it difficult to detect and remove applications, are usually associated with malware. Yet Soctuseer uses rootkit capabilities to conceal its presence on a computer, ultimately making it difficult for affected users to control their device and browsing experience.

    Apart from hiding its presence, Soctuseer installs itself without using your browserís supported extensibility model for installation. And, once installed and running, it takes away the control you should have about how it operates. You canít enable or disable it from your browser settings. The result is that you can be served webpage content that is modified without your consent.

    No matter how it attempts to hide, though, most Soctuseer installations and system modifications will be uncovered and removed by the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). Weíre adding detections for BrowserModifier:Win32/Soctuseer in this monthís MSRT release, helping to lessen interference to your browsing experience...


    Read more: MSRT November 2016: Unwanted software has nowhere to hide in this month's release Microsoft Malware Protection Center


    Last edited by Brink; 4 Weeks Ago at 15:35.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,322
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       4 Weeks Ago #2

    Malware intrusions are here to stay, one must remain vigilant.
    Here in the UK over the weekend Tesco, a large Superstore was raided over the net, 40,000 customers details were seized of which 20,000 had monies taken from their accounts.
    Tesco are reimbursing all of them.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
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       4 Weeks Ago #3

    Wow, that must have been an expensive experience for Tesco.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2014
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       4 Weeks Ago #4

    linw said: View Post
    Wow, that must have been an expensive experience for Tesco.
    All have now been recompensed, its cost Tesco £2,500,000.
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    Last edited by dencal; 4 Weeks Ago at 16:59. Reason: added another half a million
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
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       4 Weeks Ago #5

    Wow. A bit of this money should earlier have been spent on security!
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  6. Joined : Nov 2015
    Pretoria South Africa
    Posts : 198
    Win 10 Pro Build 1607 14393.447
       4 Weeks Ago #6

    I ran this tool previously on the pervious WIN 10 build but not on the Anniversary build.
    I sort of assumed all protection would be in place when using Windows Defender.

    Much to my surprise therefore, on running the tool this evening, out pops one infected file so far!

    Will post the results as soon as the scan is complete.

    Ran MRT. 6 Files were identified as a problem. MRT completed, but could not see what was done and the log does not show what files were affected or what was done to correct?
    Last edited by Geoff Daniell; 3 Weeks Ago at 09:26.
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