Windows 10: The Malware Remover tells me a Microsoft Time-Stamp Service file is suspicious, what do I do?

Discus and support The Malware Remover tells me a Microsoft Time-Stamp Service file is suspicious, what do I do? in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; My laptop was slow of late so i ran a malware scanner and removal tool. It found an object with a .tmp extension and said that "the digital signature... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by RJ4N0CV10P657179, Mar 10, 2021.

  1. The Malware Remover tells me a Microsoft Time-Stamp Service file is suspicious, what do I do?


    My laptop was slow of late so i ran a malware scanner and removal tool. It found an object with a .tmp extension and said that


    "the digital signature on this file is invalid.

    Program is altered or corrupted since it was code signed by its author. This is typical for malware and pirated software."


    I checked the properties of this file. In Digital Signature and it says

    "the digital signature of the object did not verify"

    the issuer is "microsoft code-signing PCA 2011" and its issued to "microsoft corporation"


    There's a 'counter signature' to this, the issuer is "microsoft time-stamp PCA 2011" and its issued to "microsoft time-stamp service"


    I do not understand any of this. I only know from another forum post that microsoft time-stamp service is generally used by things like adobe and vscode. Right? Both of which I have but I don't know what do with the message I've got. Do i delete or quarantine this file? Can you explain what it does?

    thanks. freaking out here.

    :)
     
    RJ4N0CV10P657179, Mar 10, 2021
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    UnknownFile

    I was looking at this weblink which provides a 5 step process for Buenosearch alone:
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    How to remove en.softonic malware that appears on desktop periodically

    A kind of malware has somehow gotten onto my win 10 PC. What I get is a small advertisment that pops up in the bottom right on my desktop... When I turn it off (clicking the corner X). It comes back again some time later but with different content.

    I haven't timed it but seems lake maybe a 1/2 hr.

    I've googled extensively but all the instructions I've found, tell you to use the windows uninstaller to uninstall softonic. And maybe some manual clean up after the uninstall. But there is nothing installed with `softonic' in its name and even when the ad is running there is no process running with softonic in its name.

    All the google hits appear to assume the windows uninstaller will know about softonic. Even the manual parts of some of the hits appear to assume you have been successful in unintalling it.

    The instructions also suggest several free malware removal products and claim any of them will remove it.
    `Zema Anti-malware', `MalwareBytes' and `AdwCleaner'

    I tried all those listed in one of the instruction sets, ran the scan but none of them found whatever is running the little softonic pop up ad.

    This type of malware apparently falls into a category called a `PUP'.

    I never found in the google hits what expected would be there somewhere. A list of steps to remove something like this by hand.

    Can anyone here advise me?
     
    hput3, Mar 10, 2021
    #3
  4. slozomby Win User

    The Malware Remover tells me a Microsoft Time-Stamp Service file is suspicious, what do I do?

    Recent File List

    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file1

    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file2
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file3
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file4
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file5
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file6
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file7
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file8
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file9
    ...

    you get the idea. ( too lazy to put it in a for loop and test it.

    or just open regedit and remove all the fileX from that key.
     
    slozomby, Mar 10, 2021
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