Virus/damage through registry change?

October 19, 2012 at 04:23:35
Specs: Windows 7
Okay, today I did something really stupid, and against my usual habit.

I was desperate for a little nostalgia in the form of an old Tony Hawk's game, found a little portable copy of it floating around the internet, went 'heck, why not?' and downloaded it. I am now paying for my piracy in the form of terrible paranoia.

I ran the usual antivirus scans and whatnot, but in order for the game to function, I had to run a little include 'regsetup.exe', about 43kb large that ran for a second, told me it changed the registry, and voila the game worked.

I've done scans, looked through the registry, found the entry that makes the game work, gotten rid of it, but I have a nagging feeling that program did a little bit more.

What sort of damage can a program like this inflict? Is there anyway I can revert the changes it made? And yes, I feel very very very bad for pirating the game. Will never do it again.


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October 19, 2012 at 06:03:20
Lets start by using ESET.

Run ESET & post the log please. This scan may take a while, so please be patient.
Configure ESET this way & disable your AV.
How to Temporarily Disable your Anti-virus
Why Would I Ever Need an Online Virus Scanner?
I already have an antivirus program installed, isn't that enough?
Once onto a machine, malware can disable antivirus programs, prevent antimalware programs from downloading updates, or prevent a user from running antivirus scans or installing new antivirus software or malware removal tools. At this point even though you are aware the computer is infected, removal is very difficult.
5: Why does the ESET Online Scanner run slowly on my computer?
If you have other antivirus, antispyware or anti-malware programs running on your computer, they may intercept the scan being performed by the ESET Online Scanner and hinder performance. You may wish to disable the real-time protection components of your other security software before running the ESET Online Scanner. Remember to turn them back on after you are finished.
17: How can I view the log file from ESET Online Scanner?
The ESET Online Scanner saves a log file after running, which can be examined or sent in to ESET for further analysis. The path to the log file is "C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt". You can view this file by navigating to the directory and double-clicking on it in Windows Explorer, or by copying and pasting the path specification above (including the quotation marks) into the Start ? Run dialog box from the Start Menu on the desktop.

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