Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) November 2016

  1. Brink's Avatar
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       08 Nov 2016 #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 browser’s supported extensibility model for installation. And, once installed and running, it takes away the control you should have about how it operates. You can’t 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). We’re adding detections for BrowserModifier:Win32/Soctuseer in this month’s 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; 10 Nov 2016 at 15:35.
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  2. dencal's Avatar
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       08 Nov 2016 #1

    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.    09 Nov 2016 #2

    Wow, that must have been an expensive experience for Tesco.
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  4. dencal's Avatar
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       09 Nov 2016 #3

    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.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails tesco.JPG  
    Last edited by dencal; 09 Nov 2016 at 16:59. Reason: added another half a million
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  5.    09 Nov 2016 #4

    Wow. A bit of this money should earlier have been spent on security!
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    Win 10 Pro Build 1703 15063.332
       10 Nov 2016 #5

    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; 12 Nov 2016 at 09:26.
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