Solved Possible SBAMsvc virus, Vipre, GFI Software Anti Malware?

June 17, 2012 at 03:50:44
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 8GB

Hi, I have had some hardware crashes on my new HP laptop (I have verified that the Bluetooth wireless adaptor has failed), but I suspect that there is more going on. My crashes were very complete, first a blue-screen, then Windows was unable to restart, I managed to get back on after various repairs/reboots; but have had subsequent Windows login errors. It is possible it relates to the fingerprint scanner, and/or to the recent installation of a wireless printer/scanner, for which the scan function no longer works with this machine. So possibly entirely non-virus related; but login-related issues raise the hair on the back of my neck. All seems calm now, but I am disconnected from the printer. It all may be a red herring.

Nevertheless, I continue to get my cursor showing 'busy' for no apparent reason, my baby does seem to be doing something in the background; maybe it's just Chrome sessions... so to SBAMsvc.

I have AdAware (free version) and Microsoft Security Essentials running; I ran a full scan with both of them, AdAware found a minor threat and removed it, MSE found nothing. However, AdAware did start the scan with an 'unknown file' message, which I obviously accepted to send to them, but I was a bit quick and am not sure which file it was - however, it was a SBAM-something.

SBAMsvc shows itself in Task Manager as being a GFI Software Anti Malware Service; this is for some apparent anti-virus product called Vipre, which I have never (knowingly) installed. Again, I am deeply suspicious, since AdAware is from Lavasoft. However, as I said, my scans have not picked it up as a threat.

Oh - also, when I search for SMABsvc, which it finds as residing in the AdAware directory, I also see 2 crash folders for it (C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Windows\WER); very recent (12th June and 16th June.) I don't, as normal user, have access to these, and I have hesitated to give myself access, but can do so if you want to know what's in there.

Any thoughts, advice, please? Thanks!


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#1
July 19, 2012 at 16:38:05

hey i actually had the same exact problem and i found this website that helped me out with it. It has like steps for you to follow to remove the virus and get the computer running faster, its really easy. Im a computer nerd but for someone who like doesnt know much about it, its really easy to follow. heres their website virus-tools.com also, where did you get that free adware version? Id really appreciate it thanks!

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#2
July 19, 2012 at 18:10:35
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Response one's link just goes to someones blog....

Try these 2 free fully working trials
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Also Adaware is really weak....you may want to do a scan with malwarebytes....MUCH better program and free...the latest version is on the right side of the download page.
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Run them both till they run clean. Let me know if that clears up the problem.

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#3
July 29, 2012 at 00:04:27

Thanks, XPuser4real, I will work with both of them; I did some scanning with other products already, and think I have sorted it, but never a harm doing more. I thought AdAware was meant to be pretty good, but hey ho... you live and learn

The hardware error seems to relate to the scan-to-computer option between the laptop and the printer, as long as that is disabled, things seem ok.


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#4
July 30, 2012 at 11:04:01

Vipre is a Anti Virus program, If running you have 2 Anti Virus programs active this is never a good thing it will cause lockups and the 2 will interfear with each other and you will have no Anti Virus protection.

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