Not to change focus from AV & anti-malware, but IainB
brings up an interesting - and ofttimes intrusive - point.
I recently installed XAMPP
on an eight (8 ) GB USB stick. But every time I tried to run it, it complained that the path to MySQL
was wrong. Hm-m-m ... MySQL
, & PHP
had been removed from that machine. Did I have something that had been hijacking my MySQL
data? Spent a couple of days with MBAM
, a couple of other malware and keylog sniffers, all to no avail. Then I loaded regedit
to search for mention of MySQL
. That mention was massive! I spend a good hour ferreting out references to MySQL
, then pondering whether to delete a particular reference - not all of them were directly related. For example, more than a few were for Open Office
- a program that has not been on that particular machine for a good six (6) months.
After the registry surgery, the portable XAMPP
install worked just fine.
The thing here is that what appeared to be a malware manifestation was naught - naught
? - more than a couple of very sloppy uninstalls. The files had been removed from the hard drive, but references had not been removed from the registry. So I was getting hints of infestation, but MBAM
, nor any other detector of evil, could never have found it.
(Before someone tells me to use Revo
uninstallers ... I did
. But those can do a good job only on the installs they've audited.)
Just a passing thought, that even if it quacks like a duck and waddles like a duck, it may not be